Chelsea sign Roma defender for an initial fee of £29m

Chelsea sign Roma defender for an initial fee of £29m

Premier League champions Chelsea have signed Germany defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma on a five-year contract for an initial fee of £29 million.

Rudiger, 24, completed the transfer one week after helping world champions Germany win the Confederations Cup.

“It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this,” said Rudiger.


The fee for Chelsea’s first major signing of the summer could rise to £33.3m with add-on clauses.

“Antonio is still young but is experienced at club and international level and possesses all the requisite attributes to thrive in the Premier League,” said Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo.

“He is a player of proven quality.”

The defender will wear the number two shirt left vacant after Branislav Ivanovic’s departure to Zenit St Petersburg in February.

By BBC Sport

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