Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer after the defender’s contract at Chelsea expired.
The German said: ‘I’m proud to announce that I’ll be joining Real Madrid. I’m super excited for all the challenges ahead and can’t wait to play my first games for this huge club.’
It is reported the 29-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Bernabeu until the summer of 2026.
Chelsea also took to the social media to bid Antonio Rudiger farewell after an illustrious time in London.
Rudiger arrived in west London to join the then Premier League champions from Roma in 2017, making his Chelsea debut as a substitute in that August’s Community Shield against Arsenal. That season Rudiger was a regular on the left side of a back three under Antonio Conte, where his pace and determination to win possession with every challenge made him an important part of the system, able to keep up with wingers as well as matching centre-forwards physically while covering his fellow defenders when needed.
The German international continued to feature regularly following the switch to a back four when Maurizio Sarri replaced Conte as Chelsea head coach for 2018/19, starting 44 games in all competitions that season, despite his campaign being ended early by a knee injury.