Real Madrid won the race to sign in-demand Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who opted against staying at Chelsea.
Real Madrid have announced the signing of Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer from Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel confirmed after Chelsea’s win over West Ham in April that Rudiger would be on the move when his contract expired at the end of the season after rejecting a new deal.
Chelsea were unable at the time to increase an offer they made to Rudiger due to the sanctions imposed on the club’s owner Roman Abramovich by the United Kingdom government in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Madrid emerged as favourites to sign the in-demand Germany centre-back, who was also linked with the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
Los Blancos on Thursday confirmed the 29-year-old defender has agreed terms on a four-year contract.
“On Monday, June 20, at 12:00 at Real Madrid City, the presentation ceremony for Antonio Rudiger as a new Real Madrid player will take place,” Madrid added on their official website.
Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in July 2017 and established himself as a key man at the heart of the London club’s defence.
He played a big part in their Champions League triumph in the 2020-21 season before lifting the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup last year.
Rudiger was also an FA Cup winner in 2018 and Chelsea were crowned Europa League winners during his time at the club three years ago.
He joins a Madrid team who won LaLiga and Champions League titles in the season just ended.