Antonio Rudiger has joined Real Madrid on a free transfer, ending his five-year stay with Premier League side, Chelsea.
Antonio Rudiger’s free move to Real Madrid has been finalized, according to Chelsea.
In January 2021, Rudiger was garnering interest from teams interested in loaning him out, until Lampard was fired and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who quickly reinstated his countryman to the starting XI.
Chelsea’s Champions League victory at the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, as well as their Club World Cup victory earlier this year, were made possible by the former Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund defender.
When his current contract expires on June 30, the German international was expected to join Real.
Rudiger’s exit was confirmed on Thursday afternoon after Chelsea was unable to reach an agreement on a new deal with him. The agreement has also been confirmed by Real.
As the news broke, Rudiger remarked, “I’m happy to say that I’ll be joining Real Madrid.
I’m really looking forward to all of the difficulties ahead of me, and I can’t wait to play my first games for such a big club.”
In a statement, the Blues said: “We send Antonio goodbyes as he leaves Stamford Bridge.
Toni’s contribution to Chelsea’s success over the previous five years is acknowledged, and the club wishes him luck in his future career.”
Real Madrid CF has struck a deal with Antonio Rudiger, who will be tied to the club for the next four seasons.” The Spanish giants said in a statement.
“The presentation ceremony for Antonio Rudiger as a new Real Madrid player will take place next Monday, June 20 at 12:00 at Real Madrid City.”
Chelsea are moving forward with their summer recruitment plans now that Rudiger’s exit has been announced, and their fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen is also expected to transfer to La Liga.
Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in the summer of 2017 and had five successful seasons with the club, appearing in 203 games.
During his tenure in England, he won five trophies: the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup. In addition, he lost three FA Cup finals and two EFL Cup finals.
Chelsea were unable to reach an agreement with Rudiger before its former owner, Roman Abramovich, was sanctioned by the UK government in March for suspected links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he denies.
Since Putin’s Russia invaded Ukraine in February, a catastrophic conflict has raged throughout eastern Europe.
Chelsea were unable to arrange new contracts with players due to the nature of the fines.
When Todd Boehly’s group finalized a purchase on Monday, those limitations were eased, but not in time for the Blues to stop Rudiger from joining Real Madrid.
Chelsea stated in their statement that the 29-year-old was also a key presence in the dressing room with his leadership and enthusiasm, while his drive and desire to win never faltered, even when it became evident he would be departing the club this summer.
Rudiger’s sadness was palpable after defeats to Real Madrid in the Champions League and Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals denied him the opportunity to bid farewell with one more trophy.
Mason Mount paid homage to Antonio Rudiger following his farewell game for Chelsea last month. “What a gentleman he is—a great, top guy.” The England star remarked.
“When you’re on the pitch with him, you can feel the desire in his eyes to compete every time you glance around. If something goes wrong, he’ll be right there behind you, attempting to support his teammates.
That person on the pitch was one thing, but off it, he was a complete gentleman.
It’s been a pleasure to play with him over the last few years, and I’ve learned a great deal from him. Until we play against him, we wish him the best of luck.”