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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sign Antonio Rudiger

Real Madrid and Chelsea have announced that German center-back Antonio Rudiger will be a madridista for the next four seasons.

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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sign Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player next Monday, the club announced on their official statement.

The 29-year-old centre-back signed a four-year contract with the European champions after leaving Chelsea

A club statement reads:

“Antonio Rüdiger (Berlin, 03/03/1993) is now a Real Madrid player. We have strengthened our squad by signing one of the best defenders in world football after the German international has joined the club from Chelsea. He was a pivotal member of the London side’s squad that lifted the Champions League, the Europa League, the Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup. He has also featured in the Champions League Team of the Season in both of the last two seasons.

A very commanding physical presence (measuring in at 1.90m), Rüdiger boasts experience in England, German and Italy. Last season saw him beat his appearances and goals record as he featured 54 times and netted five goals in Chelsea colours.

Top-flight debut at 18
He made his Bundesliga bow at the tender age of 18 for Stuttgart, before moving on to Roma in 2015. In 2017, he made the switch to Chelsea, where he was a mainstay in the team’s defence during a five-season stay. He is also a regular fixture in the Germany squad and earned his 50th cap in March. He was part of the 2017 Confederations Cup-winning squad.”

Rudiger also announced on Twitter on Thursday shortly after his transfer was announced by both clubs: “I’m proud to announce that I’ll be joining [Real Madrid].

“I’m super excited for all the challenges ahead and can’t wait to play my first games for this huge club.”

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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sign Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger is an experienced defender who has been a crucial player for Chelsea all these years, so his presence will increase Real Madrid’s depth on defense. Los Blancos will now have the chance to deploy a world-class defensive line even when one of their starters is injured, something that was missed all season long.

Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in 2017 and was an immediate first-team regular under Antonio Conte.

After two fine seasons at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger had to play a reduced role in the 2019-20 campaign as injuries limited him to just 20 Premier League games.

The following season started slow for the defender as he was left on the bench for the first half of the campaign by coach Frank Lampard, but managed to fight his way back into the starting XI under Thomas Tuchel.

He went on to play a key role as the Blues lifted the 2020-21 Champions League trophy with a win over Manchester City in the final.

Rudiger remained a crucial player for the London side until his last season at the club, as he finished the 2021-22 campaign with 54 appearances in all competitions while they attempted to convince him to sign a new contract.

Rudiger joins as a free agent, just like David Alaba did a year ago.

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