Transfers

Antonio Rudiger completes Real Madrid move

Sean Walsh
Rudiger spent five years at Chelsea
Rudiger spent five years at Chelsea / Robin Jones/GettyImages
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Real Madrid have announced the signing of Antonio Rudiger on a four-year contract.

The Germany international joins the European champions on a free transfer from Chelsea and he will officially be unveiled as their newest Galactico on 20 June.

In a parting statement, Chelsea said: "The German defender has left the Blues to join Real Madrid, having played a huge role in our successes in recent seasons. Rudiger lifted the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea, playing a crucial role in all those triumphs at the heart of our defence.

"The 29-year-old was also an important figure in the dressing room with his leadership and passion, while his dedication and desire to win never faltered, even when it became clear he would be leaving the club this summer. Rudiger’s disappointment was obvious when defeats to Real Madrid in the Champions League and to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals denied him the chance to say goodbye with one more piece of silverware."

Chelsea added: "Rudiger made 54 appearances in all competitions in his final campaign, all from the start, more than any other Chelsea player. He departs with 203 appearances and 12 goals to his name, in that time establishing himself as one of the most passionate characters to represent the club in recent memory.

"Chelsea Football Club thanks Toni for his contribution to our success over the last five years and wishes him well in his future career."

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