• Chelsea Confirm Signing of Roma & Germany Centre-Back Antonio Rudiger in £34m Deal

    News Sun 9 Jul 2017

    ​Chelsea have officially completed the defensive signing of German international centre-back Antonio Rudiger in a deal believed to be worth up to £34m including add-ons.

    Rudiger, who now becomes the most expensive central defender in Chelsea history alongside current fan favourite David Luiz, arrives from Roma in Serie A and has signed a five-year contract with the new Premier League champions.

    The defender said: “It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this.

    “I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player.”

    The 24-year-old former VfB Stuttgart player had been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for well over 12 months and will now boost the squad ahead of a return to the Champions League in 2017/18 and in the wake of John Terry’s departure.

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    He will add depth and competition for places, with himself, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, the aforementioned Luiz, and Kurt Zouma all set to offer options to manager Antonio Conte.

    A full international since 2014, Rudiger was part of the experimental and largely inexperienced German squad that claimed victory in the Confederations Cup earlier this month and helped Roma to a second place finish in Italy last season.

    Source: http://www.90min.com/posts/5245393-chelsea-confirm-signing-of-roma-germany-centre-back-antonio-rudiger-in-34m-deal?utm_source=RSS


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