That’s according to Fabrizio Romano.
He claims the Chelsea centre-back, out of contract at the end of this season, is heading to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The contract is yet to be signed but the move is proceeding. It’s understood to be a long-term deal for the German international.
Thomas Tuchel confirmed Rudiger would be leaving the club in the aftermath of Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, born in Berlin, joined Chelsea from Roma in 2017. Since then he’s made 196 appearances for the London club and was part of the team that won the 2021 Champions League.
He’s also earned 50 caps for the German national team.
Barcelona had also been linked with a move for the defender but it seems it’s the Spanish capital where he’s going to end up.
He was there recently, of course.
He was part of the Chelsea side that were knocked out of the Champions League by Madrid earlier this month.
Real Madrid have reached verbal agreement with Antonio Rüdiger. Contract not signed yet – but Real Madrid are now closing on Rüdiger deal on a free: here we go soon! ⚪️🤝 #RealMadrid
It’s gonna be a long-term deal. Final details to be discussed soon, before signing the contract. pic.twitter.com/Jn0uvP0UQa
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 25, 2022