Rudiger to Real Madrid deal is done

Antonio Rudiger, a German international defender, has moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid. The two clubs confirmed this on Thursday.

The 29-year-old center back, whose contract with Chelsea had ended, has signed a four-year deal with Real Madrid.

Madrid said on their website that Rudiger would be shown off at a press conference on June 20 at the club’s training ground.

He is currently with the Germany team for a series of UEFA Nations League games. Hansi Flick’s team plays Italy away on Saturday, then England and Hungary before playing Italy again on June 14.

Rudiger started his professional career with VfB Stuttgart. He then played for Roma for two years before reportedly joining Chelsea for £29 million ($36.4 million) in 2017.

Rudiger is known for winning the FA Cup in 2018 and the Europa League in 2019, even though he didn’t play in the Europa League final.

The following year, he helped Thomas Tuchel’s team win the Champions League.

The London team said in a statement, “We say goodbye to Antonio Rudiger as he leaves Stamford Bridge. His contract with Chelsea has run out, ending his five trophy-filled years with the club.”

Rudiger is joining a Real team that just won the Champions League by beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final in Paris last weekend.

He will be competing with Eder Militao, David Alaba, and Nacho Fernandez for a spot in the middle of Real’s defense.

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