Former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was ‘offered double’ the amount of wages by a Premier League rival before joining Real Madrid.
Rudiger left the Blues on a free transfer this summer after his contract expired, signing for the Champions League winners and picking up a £10million signing-on fee in the process.
But football agent Saif Rubie revealed on Monday that the west London club did not do their utmost to keep the German centre-back, despite the fact he was one of the league’s top defenders last season. Rubie claimed the 29-year-old also passed up the chance to receive a higher salary by not staying put in England.
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He told talkSPORT: “Let me confirm this, live on air, the Real Madrid deal was the smallest deal on offer. There was a club in England offering almost double the amount and a club in Europe doubling the amount.
“I'm not going to discuss the specifics. Everyone knows there was teams interested in this player. He was one of the best in the world.”
The agent worked as an intermediary in the Rudiger deal, having previously been best known for his role in the controversial departure of starlet Bobby Duncan from Liverpool in 2019. And he has now caused a stir by divulging the details behind Rudiger’s Chelsea departure.
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Rubie added: “Antonio Rudiger has been one of the best, if not the best, defender in the world and Premier League. It made Carlo Ancelotti want to bring him to Real Madrid. What is the value of a top flight, top level centre half in the game?”
“What if I told you Chelsea, and the old regime, basically made next to no effort to keep the player? At the time he was very happy to stay and potentially be the captain of the club. He was offered a contract that was half the amount Romelu Lukaku was earning.”
Thomas Tuchel’s side have felt the effects of losing their most dominant defender this season and currently sit sixth in the league table. Meanwhile, Rudiger has started just two of Los Blancos’ four league games so far this campaign.
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