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Antonio Rudiger admitted that he rejected Barcelona and joined Real Madrid

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Real Madrid signed Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea for free this summer and he also admitted that there interest from Barcelona to sign him.

However, the former Chelsea centre-back had no intention of signing for Barcelona. Moreover, he also revealed that he was rooting for Real Madrid to win the Champions League final.

During his introductory press conference on Monday with Real Madrid, Antonio Rudiger said: “There was [a call] from Barcelona,”

“But I told my [agent] it was Real Madrid or nothing.”

“The first time I got in contact, not myself but through my agent, was early September the first time,” he noted.

“The second time was when I spoke with Ancelotti in April. I think that was the most important moment, to speak with Ancelotti and then I made my choice to play for this club and under him.”

“I will give everything for the club and I want to win as many trophies as possible,” Rudiger noted.

“It’s all about winning at Real Madrid. This is what they’ve demonstrated over the past years.

“We all dream of winning the Champions League and, even with a lot of doubts from outside, they did the job last year.

“I don’t know how to describe Real Madrid’s Champions League run. It was unbelievable.

“I knew by the time of the final that I was going to be a Real Madrid player, so I was rooting for them.

“It also means we can compete next season for [the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup].”

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