Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger has joined European giants Real Madrid on a free transfer after his contract with the Blues expired. The German international spent five years at Stamford Bridge after joining the club from Serie A side AS Roma.
Rudiger signed a four years deal with La Liga and UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid and will link up with fellow countryman Toni Kroos at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Chelsea released an official statement on their website to announce Rudiger’s move to La Liga giants Real Madrid
“We bid farewell to Antonio Rudiger as he departs Stamford Bridge with his Chelsea contract expiring, bringing to a close his five trophy-filled years with the club,” the club confirmed.
“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.
“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.”