February 21, 2024
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Antonio Rudiger finally explains his decision to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid

Antonio Rudiger, a Chelsea defender, has confirmed that he will leave the club this summer for Real Madrid.

The German defender stated that his decision to join Real Madrid came after a period of silence from Stamford Bridge regarding a new contract offer.

Rudiger has signed a four-year contract with Real Madrid and will become a free agent at the end of the season.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel wanted Rudiger to stay, and the club was willing to make the 29-year-old the highest-paid defender in club history.

However, Rudiger claims that Chelsea waited too long to convince him, and that he will now be forced to leave the club after five years.

‘Unfortunately, my contract negotiations began to become difficult last fall,’ Rudiger wrote in the Players’ Tribune.

‘Business is business, but when you don’t hear from the club from August to January, things get complicated.’

‘There was a long period of nothing after the first offer. You know we’re not robots, right? You cannot wait for months when your future is uncertain.

‘Obviously, no one predicted the sanctions, but in the end, other big clubs were showing interest, and I had to make a decision.’ I’ll leave it at that because, aside from business, I have nothing negative to say about this club.’

‘Unfortunately, my contract negotiations began to become difficult last fall,’ Rudiger wrote in the Players’ Tribune.

‘Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart.’ My home will always be in London. I came here by myself and now have a wife and two beautiful children.

‘I also have a new lifelong brother named Kova. I’ve won the FA Cup, the Europa League, and the Champions League. And, of course, I have hundreds of memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

‘I leave here with a heavy heart.’ It has meant the world to me. Chelsea will always be my name. Thank you very much, Rudi.’

Rudiger has appeared in over 200 games for Chelsea, assisting the club in winning five major trophies, including the Champions League.

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