Manchester United: Antonio Rudiger would be ‘absolutely perfect’ signing claims Paul Parker

Antonio Rudiger would be ‘absolutely perfect’ for Manchester United, claims former Red Devils defender Paul Parker, who thinks Chelsea star would be an excellent fit alongside Raphael Varane

  • Star defender Antonio Rudiger is in his final year of his contract at Chelsea 
  • Clubs including Real Madrid and Juventus are interested in landing Rudiger
  • The German will be free to speak to European clubs next month over a free move
  • Ex-United star Paul Parker though believes an Old Trafford move could suit him 



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Antonio Rudiger would be the perfect signing for Manchester United to fix their defensive woes, according to former Red Devils defender Paul Parker.

United have struggled at the back this season, conceding 26 goals already in the Premier League. Only Aston Villa and Leicester City have let in more inside the top 10 in the table.

Despite impressing since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in January, Rudiger’s future is in doubt at Stamford Bridge as he has yet to commit to his future beyond this summer.

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Key defender Antonio Rudiger will currently be out of contract at Chelsea in the summer

The defender is looking for a significant pay increase from his current £100,000 per week wages, and clubs including Juventus and Real Madrid have been monitoring the situation.

While Parker acknowledged Rudiger’s importance at Stamford Bridge, he believes he could make a huge impact at Old Trafford. 

‘If he was to stay at Chelsea. He’s very influential and the fans idolise him,’ Parker told bettingexpert.

But former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes he should consider a switch to Old Trafford and play alongside Raphael Varane (above)

But former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes he should consider a switch to Old Trafford and play alongside Raphael Varane (above)

‘To come to Manchester United, I would say that is ambitious. I would understand why he would want to and I think he would make a difference.’

‘If you had him next to Varane, what a difference you’re talking about. Good pace and you’re talking about someone who’s won a World Cup, Champions League and then you’ve got a centre-half, who in the old-school way of talking is actually a leader.

‘He actually shouts and screams, bosses people about, dictates the people. When people aren’t doing it, he tells them because he doesn’t make that many mistakes himself. He keeps things simple. He’d be absolutely perfect.

Parker(right), pictured playing for United in the 1994 FA Cup final against Chelsea, believes Rudiger would be a 'perfect' signing for United to help fix their leaky defence

Parker(right), pictured playing for United in the 1994 FA Cup final against Chelsea, believes Rudiger would be a ‘perfect’ signing for United to help fix their leaky defence

The 28-year-old will be free to negotiate with other European sides over a free transfer in the coming summer, which puts United at a slight disadvantage, but insists that Rudiger could reap much personal reward if he then helped United finally land their first top flight title since 2013. 

‘It all depends on him being ambitious. Does he want to go to Manchester United and be the difference-maker at the back?’, he added.

‘”I’m the one that took them forward” and all of a sudden the momentum started and they started winning games and two years down the line, they go on and win a Premier League and everyone says he’s the signing that made the difference because the back line was poor. Then I would certainly get that.’


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Nations League: England are drawn in group with Euro 2020 rivals Italy

Gareth Southgate insists the ‘fire is burning’ for Nations League bid after England are drawn in tough group with Euro 2020 champions Italy, Germany and Hungary

  • England were drawn against Italy, Germany and Hungary in Nations League 
  • It pits Gareth Southgate’s men against Euro 2020 final opponents once again 
  • Newly-promoted Wales are in a tough group against Belgium and Holland  
  • The first round of the European competition is set to kick off next June 



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Gareth Southgate insists his players are ‘burning’ with desire to prove their position as one of world football’s powerhouses after being grouped with Germany and Italy in the Nations League. 

England were pooled alongside two of their Euro 2020 opponents and Hungary, who they faced during World Cup qualification, in Thursday’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland. 

Despite the daunting group, England head into the tournament — at the end of the domestic season — as one of the favourites, after losing to Italy on penalties in the final of the European Championship.

Gareth Southgate's England will face Euro 2020 rivals Italy in the Nations League groups

Gareth Southgate’s England will face Euro 2020 rivals Italy in the Nations League groups 

Southgate said: ‘What the summer gave us was the confidence that we got to where we did but also we retain the hunger that we haven’t got to where we want to get. I think that fire is burning in our group of players. I think over the last few years we have had some great progress in terms of tournament progression. 

‘One of the things that we spoke about over the last couple of years was needing to beat more of those top teams. We were able to win in Spain in the last Nations League, we lost to and beat Belgium in the most recent Nations League. We got a win against Germany in the summer, so we are starting to beat those teams.

‘What we have got to do is beat them on a regular basis and that is the next step for us. To win tournaments you have got to win against the biggest countries. That is the missing piece.’

On the prospect of facing Hungary, whose fans racially abused England players earlier this year, Southgate added: ‘We’ve got to understand that it could be a difficult fixture.’

They will have a chance to avenge their final defeat by Italy after they were beaten on penalties

They will have a chance to avenge their final defeat by Italy after they were beaten on penalties

Another clash with old foes Germany is also in the offing when the competition starts next year

Another clash with old foes Germany is also in the offing when the competition starts next year

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