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Rudiger unveiled at Real Madrid and confirms he rejected Barcelona

‘It was Real Madrid or nothing’: Antonio Rudiger is officially unveiled by Los Blancos after completing a medical and confirms he turned down interest from Barcelona to sign a four-year deal worth £315,000-a-week at the Bernabeu after leaving Chelsea

  • Antonio Rudiger signed a four-year deal with Real Madrid earlier this month
  • The German ended his five-year stay at Chelsea after the expiry of his contract
  • Rudiger has been away on international duty but has now travelled to Madrid
  • He passed a medical and was then presented to the media at Real Madrid City

Antonio Rudiger has been officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player following his move from Chelsea. 

The centre-back has agreed a four-year deal at the Bernabeu after leaving the Blues at the end of his contract. 

Los Blancos confirmed the switch over two weeks ago, but Rudiger has been away on international duty with Germany so has only now been able to arrive in Madrid to be presented to the media at the club’s training complex. 

Antonio Rudiger has been unveiled as a Real Madrid player following his move from Chelsea

Earlier in the day, the 29-year-old completed his medical at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital. 

It has been revealed that Rudiger will wear number 22 at Real Madrid, which is newly vacant following Isco’s departure this summer. 

‘It’s a very special day for all of us, but especially for me,’ the defender told reporters at his unveiling. ‘I would like to thank my parents, because without them I could not be here. They have always supported me and that throughout my life has been very very important.

The centre-back has agreed a four-year deal at the Bernabeu worth £315,000-a-week

Rudiger will wear number 22 at Real Madrid, which is newly vacant following Isco’s departure

The 29-year-old told reporters he would ‘give everything’ during his time in the Spanish capital

‘I also want to thank the president of Real Madrid for giving me the opportunity to play for this great club. I can promise you that I will give everything for this club. I want to win as many titles as we can. Hala Madrid and nothing else!’

Rudiger also confirmed that Barcelona showed an interest in signing him, but he told his brother, who is his agent and advisor, that it was ‘Real Madrid or nothing’.  

The club’s president Florentino Perez added: ‘Today one of the best defenders in the world arrives at Real Madrid. Antonio, from now on you are part of a unique club and family. We are very excited to have a player like you who has done everything possible to make this day come. 

Rudiger passed his medical ahead of his official unveiling as a Real Madrid player on Monday

He waved farewell to Stamford Bridge after deciding not to sign a new Chelsea contract

‘Your career allowed you to choose between the big clubs and you have chosen for this shield, that will give you the strength to achieve what others believe is impossible.’

Rudiger’s contract with the LaLiga side will be worth in the region of £315,000-per-week and he will also net a hefty signing on fee. 

It means the eye-watering financial package is worth significantly more than the £230,000-per-week deal Chelsea were offering him to extend his five-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, sources close to the deal have indicated that Rudiger’s release clause at Madrid will be €400m (£342m).




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