Rudiger reaches verbal agreement with Real Madrid

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has reached a verbal agreement with Spanish giants Real Madrid over a summer transfer.

The Germany international’s current agreement with the London club expires at the end of the current season, and with no new deal in sight, he will consequently leave the club.

Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Sunday that the 29-year-old had privately told him he wanted to leave amid reports he had turned down Chelsea’s latest offer of more than £200,000-a-week.

“The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He told me about it in a private conversation,” Tuchel confirmed after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Ham.

“We gave everything – me and the club – but we couldn’t fight anymore because of the procedures. Without the penalties we would at least have been able to keep fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It’s his decision.

Reports on Monday have now indicated that the defender is on the cusp of joining Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Rudiger arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2017 from Roma on a five-year contract and won five titles during that time, including the Champions League.