“He is a key figure, he gives courage to the dressing room, the type that everyone fears…”is how Thomas Tuchel described Anthony Rudiger. In this way, the coach regretted that the central left Chelsea at the end of the season with destination, according to Spanish media, to real Madrid. Since then, there has been an enormous amount of speculation surrounding the player’s decision.
In that sense, the German gave his version of the events in front of the English media and in a bitter context: the ‘Blues’ lost the FA Cup final against Liverpool in the penalty shootout. From the outset, the German international revealed that his departure is unrelated to the punishment received by the London institution.
“There was a possibility, but the sanctions were not the problem”Rudiger said. To understand it better, the British Government froze the operations of the blues due to the sanction of Roman Abramovich, former owner. Without permits, Chelsea were unable to negotiate renewals (like Antonio’s) or other transactions.
Precisely, in that period of uncertainty, the footballer was sought by PSG and Bayern Munich. What’s more, compared to what Real Madrid offered, the other two offers, from the financial side, were much better. However, the one born in Berlin leaned towards the alternative that arrived from Spain.
Thus, Rudiger reached an agreement with the ‘White House’ until mid-2026 and his salary is around 6.8 million euros. In this way, Ancelotti adds another man of experience to a squad that stands out for the mix between youth and men of great battles, like ‘Toni’ in his years at Stamford Bridge.
Memories with Chelsea
After the clarification of his decision, Rudiger anticipated a few words of farewell for everything he lived in England. “It has been five years with ups and downs as is normal. There were a lot of positive things, but for that I am even more frustrated because I wanted to have a different ending (with an FA Cup win).”beginning.
“Chelsea has been very good to me and I have been very good to Chelsea. (…) I became a man here. My children were born here and all that. London, and especially Chelsea, will always be special to me.”thanked the German center-back after the very hard fall in the legendary Wembley stadium.
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