Real Madrid have cooled their interest in signing Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger at the end of the season.
The Spanish team were one of a host of clubs reported to have opened negotiations with the 28-year-old German international, who has entered the last six months of his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
However, given his wage demands and the signing-on fee that Rüdiger is demanding and the satisfaction of Real manager Carlo Ancelotti with his current centre back pairing of Eder Militao and David Alaba, the appetite to add the German to their squad has diminished.
That still leaves Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris St. Germain who continue to maintain their interest in the defender, whilst he has also been linked with a move across London to Tottenham.
Chelsea’s hopes of retaining him have faded with the club unwilling to meet his salary demands.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.