Real Madrid players expecting to be joined by Rudiger
Real Madrid players are expecting to be joined by Chelsea contract rebel Toni Rudiger.
The Telegraph says Chelsea have been left frustrated during contract talks with Rudiger having failed to make progress and agree fresh terms - the German is said to be demanding double the £140,000 the club are currently offering.
Real Madrid are willing to stump up that salary, the report adds, with the Spanish giant's squad now believing more than ever that Rudiger will join their ranks next season.
If Rudiger does move to the Bernabeu, he would join former Chelsea stars in Eden Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - who both forced moves to the Spanish capital over the last few years.
Both players are likely to give Rudiger a glowing report of life in Madrid, it continues, despite Hazard's struggles for form and fitness since making his £150million move in the summer of 2019.
Chelsea are intent on keeping Rudiger but are also concerned that they could be held to ransom as they continue negotiating contract, with fears the talks could set a precedent and cause issues in the dressing room.