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“Chelsea will always be in my heart”- Rudiger explains reason for Madrid move

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“I leave this club with a heavy heart. It has meant everything to me. I will always be Chelsea.”

"Chelsea will always be in my heart"- Rudiger explains reason for Madrid's move

Antonio Rudiger, a Chelsea defender, has revealed the true reasons for his choice to join Real Madrid.

After a period of quiet from Chelsea about a new contract offer, the Germany international defender decided to quit the club.

Rudiger has signed a four-year contract with the Spanish club and will become a free agent at the end of the season.

Thomas Tuchel, his compatriot and Chelsea manager, has expressed an interest in keeping him at the club, with the Blues reportedly offering to make the 29-year-old the highest-paid defender in the club’s history.

However, the midfielder claims that the West London club took too long to start talks about a new contract, and that months of silence prompted him to leave Stamford Bridge after five years.

“Unfortunately, my contract negotiations had already started to get difficult last fall,” Rudiger wrote in the Players’ Tribune.

“Business is business, but when you don’t hear any news from the club from August to January, the situation becomes complicated.

“After the first offer, there was a long gap of just nothing. We’re not robots, you know? You cannot wait for months with so much uncertainty about your future.

“Obviously, no one saw the sanctions coming, but in the end, other big clubs were showing interest, and I had to make a decision. I will leave it at that, because business aside, I have nothing bad to say about this club.”

Rudiger added of his impending departure: “Chelsea will always be in my heart. London will always be my home. I came here alone, and now I have a wife and two beautiful kids.

“I also have a new brother for life named Kova. I have an FA Cup, a Europa League and a Champions League medal. And of course, I have hundreds of memories that will stay with me forever.

“I leave this club with a heavy heart. It has meant everything to me. I will always be Chelsea. Thank you, Rudi.”

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