It seems that the time of Antonio Rudiger as a Chelsea player is fast approaching its closure. The Chelsea defender has made it clear to the club that he will become a free agent this summer after the expiry of his contract after this season. This has also been confirmed by noted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
According to Fabrizio Romano on his Twitter account, Rudiger’s reason for leaving Stamford bridge after five years is the uncertainty surrounding the club after the sanctions imposed by the British government on the former owner Roman Abramovich. With the ownership issue still not resolved, Rudiger feels that this uncertainty surrounding the club is to his detriment, thus explaining his decision to leave the club.
The Latest Update Given By Fabrizio Romano On The Future Of This Chelsea Star
While he has been totally respectful about the current situation of the club, he feels that the time is right to look for a new challenge in his career, while still at his peak at 29 years old. This is the latest coming in from Fabrizio Romano.
With that being said, there are a lot of potential suitors waiting in the wings to acquire the services of the German international, keeping an eye on his situation at Chelsea. While clubs like Bayern Munich, PSG, and Man United have said to have inquired about his availability, it is Spanish giants Real Madrid that look most likely to acquire his services, with them being closest to finding an agreement with the defender.
While there has been no doubt that Rudiger has been having an exceptional season this year, being among the best defenders in the Premier League, it has come in a system where manager Thomas Tuchel has utilized him as part of a back three. However, his struggles ina a back-4 have been well documented, which has raised a few question marks over his perceived departure to the Spanish Capital.
Rudiger joined Chelsea in 2017, for a fee of £27m from the Italian side AS Roma. In his 5 years with the club, he has made 127 appearances, scoring 9 goals. He has won the FA Cup, the Europa League, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.