Antonio Rudiger has agreed to terms with Real Madrid on a four-year contract. The German international joins the European champions on a free transfer from Chelsea, and he will be unveiled as the club’s newest Galactico on June 20.
“The German defender has left the Blues to join Real Madrid, having played a huge role in our recent successes,” Chelsea said in a statement. Rudiger won the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea, and he was instrumental in all of those victories as the heart of our defense.
“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.”
“Rudiger made 54 appearances in all competitions in his final season, all from the start, more than any other Chelsea player,” Chelsea added. He leaves the club with 203 appearances and 12 goals, establishing himself as one of the most passionate characters to represent the club in recent memory. Chelsea Football Club wishes Toni well in his future career and thanks him for his contribution to our success over the last five years.”