Football: Antonio Rüdiger goes to Real Madrid for four years

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MADRID – German international centre-back Antonio Rüdiger, who has played at Chelsea since 2017, has been transferred for free to Real Madrid, with whom he is under contract until the end of the 2025-2026 season, the Madrid club announced in a press. released Thursday.

“Real Madrid CF have reached an agreement on the signing of Antonio Rudiger, who will join the club for four years,” the statement read. Rüdiger, 29, has 50 caps with Germany.

In a lengthy text dedicated to his former player, Chelsea bids farewell to “Antonio Rüdiger who is leaving Stamford Bridge (…) ending his five years of trophies at the club”.

“The German defender left the Blues to join Real Madrid as he has been instrumental in our success over the past few seasons,” the London club continued. “Rüdiger won the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea and played a vital role in all those triumphs at the heart of our defence.”

This lower cost transfer – Rüdiger was at the end of his contract with Chelsea – strengthens the “White House” curtain: Rüdiger could join Eder Militao in central defense and move David Alaba to the left-hand position if necessary , that of Ferland Mendy this season.

The figures for the deal have not been disclosed by the clubs, but according to the Spanish press, Rüdiger will receive €9 million net per season’s salary, with a €8 million signing bonus and a further €15 million in commissions.

Trained in Germany, Rüdiger exploded in Italy during his stint with AS Roma between 2015 and 2017, before the Roman club sold him to the Blues in exchange for EUR 35 million.

At Chelsea, Rüdiger won the Europa League in 2019 and the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in 2021.

This transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid confirms the good understanding between the two clubs, following the arrivals of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso in recent years, and even those of Claude Makelelé, Michael Essien and Arjen Robben a few year ago.