Rudiger Moves to Real Madrid; Leverkusen Sign Hlozek
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Real Madrid upgraded their defensive corps by signing Antonio Rudiger to a four-year deal. The Spanish and European champions confirmed the deal on Thursday. The 29-year-old center-back will be formally introduced in a press conference at the club’s training ground on June 20.
Rudiger, who is currently with the German football team for a series of UEFA Nations League matches, began his career with VfB Stuttgart before transferring to AS Roma. In 2017, he moved to Chelsea for a reported USD36.4 million. During his stint at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger was in the team that won the FA Cup in 2018 and Europa League a year later. He then helped Thomas Tuchel’s side to win the 2021 Champions League. The Blues offered a statement, paying tribute to the defender for playing an eventful five years with the club.
The development gives Real Madrid a star-studded back-line. It already has David Alaba, Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez on their squad. The Spanish side is fresh from winning the Champions League over Liverpool and the addition boosts the team’s chances of contending for La Liga and Champions League titles once again, people betting for European soccer believe.
Czech teen signs for Leverkusen
Nineteen-year-old forward Adam Hlozek is changing addresses from Prague to Leverkusen.
This as the Czech teenager will transfer to German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen from Sparta Prague for more than EUR10 million (USD11 million). Last season, Hlozek recorded 12 goals and 15 assists for Prague. Leverkusen sports director Simon Rolfes expects the new signing to provide versatility up front as he can play the role of a second striker or a wingman.
The young forward will likely team up with countryman Patrik Schick, who scored 24 goals in the 2021-22 season for Leverkusen. Schick’s production came in second to Bundesliga top-scorer Robert Lewandowski, who scored 35.
Juan Mata exits Man Utd
Veteran footballer Juan Mata will also bid farewell to Manchester United. This is after his contract expires at the end of the month. The English Premier League side made the statement on Thursday. This is following reports of a major overall in the offseason surrounding the Red Devils after a disappointing 2021-22 season. The former Spanish international appeared in 285 matches. He also won three trophies since joining Chelsea in 2014 for EUR37 million (USD46 million). Before Mata, Paul Pogba and Jessie Lingard confirmed their departures. Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani are expected to exit the Red Devils this summer. Manchester United praised Mata for his services and wished him well.
The off-season of all European football leagues has kicked off with some teams adding muscle to their offense – and some on their defense. There are also teams who are overhauling their squad to bring a new dynamic and possibly change their fortunes to the 2022-23 season. The new signings – and departures – sought to bring hope to English Premier League betting diehards who want to see high-caliber action and enjoy betting at the same time.