Real Madrid target Antonio Rudiger once failed to persuade a current Los Blancos star to join him at Chelsea.
The Germany international is out of contract in the summer and has currently yet to agree a new deal with the Blues, despite the club's best efforts to retain his services.
Rudiger has been in fine form in 2021 and as a result has caught the eye of Real Madrid, who can agree to sign him on a pre-contract deal from January 1.
This would see him leave Chelsea for free at the end of the season and link up with a player he wanted them to sign last summer.
The Telegraph reports that Rudiger tried to convince David Alaba to join the Blues last summer as he weighed up who to join on a free transfer.
Alaba was available after running down his contract at Bayern Munich and Chelsea were one of a number of clubs linked with the 10-time Bundesliga champion.
Rudiger's efforts to bring Alaba to Stamford Bridge were ultimately in vain as the Austrian defender instead joined Real Madrid in the summer.
He has since gone on to make 23 appearances for the Spanish giants so far this season, missing just two matches through illness and injury.
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Alaba has also kept 11 clean sheets already this season, with Real Madrid winning their Champions League group and currently sitting top of the La Liga table.
Despite not joining Chelsea, Alaba and Rudiger could soon become centre back partners if Real are able to land their target.
Rudiger has reportedly already agreed terms with Real Madrid ahead of being able to finalise a pre-contract agreement in the new year.
His former Chelsea teammates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois both currently play for the club and could will have likely given their own reports on the German defender to the club.
With Rudiger set to leave, Chelsea are thought to be stepping up their efforts to secure the signing of long-term target Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
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