Antonio Rüdiger expresses criticism of Chelsea
"Unfortunately, my contract negotiations began to be difficult last autumn," writes Rüdiger in the Players' Tribune to the fans of Chelsea. "Business is business, but if you don't hear from the club from August to January, the situation becomes complicated. You can't wait for months with so much uncertainty regarding your future."
When several "big clubs" showed interest, he had to make a decision about his future. According to information from Chelsea , his transfer -free move to Real Madrid is already perfect.
The 50-time German international also emphasized how difficult it is to say goodbye to the blues. "I leave this club with a heavy heart. It meant everything to me. Even this season, with all her complications, I enjoyed. Chelsea will always be in my heart. London will always be my home"
Rüdiger: "Tuchel on a step with Guardiola and Klopp"
In the meantime, the central defender hardly played a role under Frank Lampard, but after Thomas Tuchel's arrival he flourished and developed into a top performer at Chelsea.
In conversation with the Times, 29-year-old explained how much he appreciates Tuchel for his work. "For me he is a phenomenal coach. He is on a level with Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp," Rüdiger praised the blues coach.
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In Rüdiger's eyes, the association could be "very proud" on his coach, especially in terms of dealing with the situation of the association in a difficult time. He himself will "always be grateful because he gave me a chance when I was already away from the window."