Antonio Rudiger: Chelsea defender blames his departure on ‘difficult’ contract talks and uncertainty over his future

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Antonio Rudiger claims that his exit from Chelsea was caused by “difficult” contract negotiations and a lack of communication.

Antonio Rudiger: Blues defender blames his departure on 'difficult' contract talks and uncertainty over his future

The defender was offered a contract for more than £200,000 to continue at Chelsea after his contract with the club expired this summer.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, has agreed to sign the Germany international.

“With a sorrowful heart, I leave this club.” Rudiger told The Players’ Tribune, “It’s meant everything to me.”

“Unfortunately, by the time fall rolled around, my efforts to negotiate a new contract had already begun to become more challenging.

“Business is business, but the scenario becomes tricky when you don’t hear from the club from August to January.”

Antonio Rudiger is likely to sign a four-year contract at the Bernabeu after joining Chelsea for £29 million in 2017.

He has appeared in over 200 games for Chelsea and has won the Champions League, Europa League, Club World Cup, and FA Cup.

“You know, we’re not robots.” “You can’t wait months when your future is so unknown,” he explained.

Antonio Rudiger: Blues defender blames his departure on 'difficult' contract talks and uncertainty over his future

“It is very clear that no one anticipated the sanctions, but in the end, a number of other major teams expressed interest, and I was forced to make a choice.”

Chelsea cannot presently acquire or sell players or renew contracts with players they already hold due to the UK Government’s sanctioning of Blues owner Roman Abramovich over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The contract initially offered to Rudiger was made weeks before the sanctions were imposed, putting player contracts on hold until the end of May, when the government is anticipated to grant the club a special license.

Andreas Christensen, a Danish centre-back, is anticipated to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer, while captain Cesar Azpilicueta is poised to stay after a one-year contract extension was triggered early this season.

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