Antonio Rudiger officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player at the club’s training complex


Antonio Rudiger is officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player after completing a medical at the club’s training complex, having agreed a four-year deal worth £315,000-a-week 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

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

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

‘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!’

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. 

‘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.’

The 29-year-old passed his medical ahead of his official unveiling as a Real Madrid player

The 29-year-old passed his medical ahead of his official unveiling as a Real Madrid player

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

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

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).

He turned down bigger offers from elsewhere in Europe to sign for Real, who were his first-choice destination ever since talks opened in January despite interest from Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.  

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