Soccer. German Rudiger joins Real Madrid

Antonio Rudiger, a German international centre defender who has been playing for Chelsea since 2017, was transferred to Real Madrid without any cost.

Soccer. German Rudiger joins Real Madrid

Antonio Rudiger, a German international centre defender who has been playing for Chelsea since 2017, was transferred to Real Madrid without any cost. He will remain with Real Madrid until the end the 2025-2026 season.

Chelsea said goodbye to Antonio Rudiger, its former player. The text was long and dedicated to Rudiger's five-year tenure at the club.

The London club continues, "The German defender left Blues to join Real Madrid. He had played a major role in our success in the recent seasons." Rudiger was a key player in our defense's victories, including the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

Rudiger's transfer to Chelsea at a lower price - Rudiger was at Chelsea's end of his contract - strengthens the "White House" curtain: Rudiger could join Eder Militao as central defense and, if necessary, shift David Alaba from the left side that Ferland Mendy occupied this season.

Although the figures of the deal are not known by the clubs, Rudiger will be paid EUR9m per season in salary. He will also receive an EUR8m signing bonus, and a EUR15m commission. .

Rudiger was born in Germany and trained there before exploding in Italy during his time at AS Roma in 2015-2017, when he was sold to the Blues for 35 million EUR.

Rudiger was the winner of the Europa League at Chelsea in 2019. He also won the Club World Cup, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup in 2021. Rudiger, 29, has played 50 times for Germany.

Real Madrid's transfer of Chelsea to Chelsea confirms the positive relationship between the clubs. This follows the arrivals of Thibaut Courois, Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata in recent years and Marcos Alonso a few years back.

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