Chelsea’s Manager, Thomas Tuchel reveals Germany defender Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea when contract expires at end of season.

Written by on April 26, 2022

Tuchel had hoped to persuade Rudiger to stay at Stamford Bridge, but the centre-back has opted to end his five-year spell with the Premier League club.

Chelsea’s attempts to keep Rudiger were hampered by the British government’s sanctions on Russian Owner Roman Abramovich, which included a rule that existing players could not sign new contracts.

The Blues are believed to have made a contract offer to Rudiger prior to the sanctions, but the deal was never finalised after a request was reportedly made for large signing-on and agent fees.

The 29-year-old, who arrived in west London from Roma in 2017, is reported to be keen on a move to Real Madrid, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain also interested in offering him a lucrative free agent deal.

Ameen J. Kantyok

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