Antonio Rudiger edges closer to Real Madrid free transfer as they plan medical for Chelsea star

ANTONIO RUDIGER is edging closer to his Real Madrid free transfer with his medical being planned for the next few days, according to reports.

The Chelsea defender's Stamford Bridge contract expires this summer.

And after Thomas Tuchel confirmed he would not be signing an extension, it is widely expected the centre-back will join Real for free.

Rudiger turned down a £200,000-a-week contract with the Blues before the club was hit with sanctions.

According to AS, the German has helped play his part in the deal by dropping his wage demands to go to Spain – although he could bank £60million across the contract with a bumper signing-on fee.

Now Los Blancos are arranging to send doctors over to London to complete his medical in the coming days.

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The only major injury in Rudiger's career was the cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out of Euro 2016.

And it is understood the Real bosses are confident the transfer will get completed.

However, it would not get confirmed until after the end of Chelsea's season.

Rudiger looks on course to sign a four-year contract at the Bernabeu.

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But boss Carlo Ancelotti produced a phenomenal response when quizzed about the transfer on Tuesday.

The Italian said: "Antonio Rudiger, who is this?

"He is a Chelsea player until… he is still a Chelsea player, and I cannot say anything about this."

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