Spanish giants Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Antonio Rüdiger on a free transfer on a four-year deal.
Rudiger will leave Stamford Bridge after five years having turned down a lucrative new deal and choosing to join the European champions on a free transfer.
A statement on Chelsea’s website read: “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 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.
I’m proud to announce that I’ll be joining @RealMadrid 🙏🏾💪🏾🙌🏾 I’m super excited for all the challenges ahead and can’t wait to play my first games for this huge club. #HalaMadrid #AlwasyBelieve #Hustle pic.twitter.com/zol5Z0NJbe
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) June 2, 2022
Toni Rudiger has today completed his transfer to Real Madrid.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 2, 2022