Antonio Rudiger believes new club Chelsea are on a “different level” to former side Roma.
Rudiger signed for the Premier League champions for a reported £34m after making 26 Serie A appearances for Roma last season, helping them finish second behind Juventus in the league.
The 24-year-old, who played for Germany during their recent Confederations Cup triumph, will compete with Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Kurt Zouma for a first-team spot next season.
Rudiger believes Chelsea are a bigger club than Roma, highlighting the chance to work with Antonio Conte as one of the major reasons why he has joined the Stamford Bridge side.
“Not to be disrespectful but we speak about Roma and Chelsea… Chelsea is a big club,” the former Stuttgart defender said, as quoted by ESPN.
“Roma is a big club too, in Italy, but I think Chelsea is a different level and of course the biggest reason [for his move] was the coach, Antonio Conte.
“I played in Italy and I spoke with a couple of teammates – for example [Daniele] De Rossi – and he told me a lot about Antonio Conte and [his quality] is visible.
“You saw it last season, in the seasons before at Juventus and with Italy as national coach. He is a fantastic coach because he has improved a lot of players like [Marcos] Alonso and [Victor] Moses – they played a great, great season.
“That’s why I thought, ‘I want to be part of that.'”