news world

Rudiger on Chelsea exit: ‘You cannot wait for months with so much uncertainty’

Antonio Rudiger has said a stall in contract negotiations during the early part of the season was an influential factor in his decision to leave Chelsea.

In a Players’ Tribune article released on Friday, Rudiger personally confirmed his exit from Stamford Bridge and his subsequent decision to join Real Madrid.

The Athletic revealed last month that Rudiger had decided to leave Stamford Bridge after contract negotiations between the parties had hit a roadblock.

Reflecting on the contract negotiations with Chelsea, Rudiger said: “Unfortunately, it (the negotiations) had already started to get difficult last fall.

“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.”

It is understood the defender first told his team-mates that he would be signing for Real as early as last month.

It was news that came as a blow to the Stamford Bridge side and their coach, Thomas Tuchel. Rudiger has been one of Tuchel’s most dependable players for the past 18 months in particular and helped them to the Champions League title last season.

Chelsea were in talks to retain Rudiger but after their owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government in March, negotiations over new signings and contracts were prohibited.

The Germany international has signed a four-year deal at Real and it is believed that he will earn between €9-10 million per year after tax — plus a signing-on fee — which is significantly more than he was being paid at Chelsea and what they offered to extend his stay.

Rudiger has confirmed, however, that it was Chelsea’s inability to agree a new deal with the defender before owner Abramovich was sanctioned has cost them.

The Athletic reported last month that Chelsea’s first contract offer was made last August but the proposal was seen as something of an insult with Rudiger already one of the lowest-paid senior players on around £90,000-a-week.

(Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button