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Rudiger proud joining Real Madrid: We started talking in September; Barcelona tried

Real Madrid have unveiled Toni Rudiger as their latest summer arrival.

The Germany defender joins in a Bosman move from Chelsea and has signed a contract to 2026. Rudiger will take the No22 shirt.

He said at today's presentation: "Hello everyone. It's a very special day for me. I wanted to thank my parents, without them I wouldn't be here. Their support has been very important. I want to thank the president for giving me the opportunity to play in this great club. And I want to thank the people of Madrid for their welcome, I can promise that I will give everything. I want to win all the titles we can have. Hala Madrid.

“The first time they contacted my agent was in September last year. The second time, in April, when I spoke with (Carlo) Ancelotti. It was the most important moment, that's when I decided to play for Madrid.

"He told me that I could help the team a lot and that at my age, it was already enough. Of course, I know there is competition, it's Madrid.

"There was interest from Barcelona, but I told my agent it's Madrid or nothing.

“The Clasico is the biggest game ever and even though it's a pre-season game, we want to win. I'm excited to play this game instead of watching it on TV."

Rudiger also said: "I'm not going to compare with Chelsea because all the clubs I played for are important to me. In Madrid, of course, there is pressure, but you have to take advantage of it.

"The most important thing in Madrid is victory. It's impressive to see all 14 Champions Leagues, because seeing those cups shows you at a glance what Madrid's goal is: to win."

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