Antonio Rudiger has dismissed rumors that he is quitting Chelsea as a result of the club’s punishment. The 29-year-old defender has signed a four-year contract with Real Madrid, where he will earn £315,000 a week.
According to reports, Rudiger’s five-year time in west London is about to come to an end because of Blues restrictions prohibiting them from negotiating contracts with existing players.
The German international, on the other hand, has stated that sanctions were not the issue. “There was a chance, but punishments are not the problem,” he stated after Liverpool’s FA Cup final defeat. ‘I don’t want to get too involved.’
At the end of the day, it’s not just about one side (assisting the other), it’s about both sides-Chelsea has been fantastic to me, and I have been fantastic to Chelsea. ‘ As always, I am grateful to my family. This is where I became a man. My children were born and raised in this city. London, especially Chelsea, will always hold a special place in my heart. ‘ It’s been five years of ups and downs, but a lot of good.
‘That’s why I’m even more annoyed since I really wanted a different ending.’ Rudiger is disappointed to be leaving Chelsea without a final winner’s medal after Liverpool made Thomas Tuchel’s team pay in another cup final on penalties.
After losing the Carabao Cup final against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on penalties after a scoreless draw in February, the teams met again at Wembley to compete for the FA Cup.
Alisson Becker denied Mason Mount before Kostas Tsimikas scored to give Liverpool a 6-5 sudden-death shoot-out victory. Chelsea’s third FA Cup final defeat in as many years added to Rudiger’s disappointments in the Carabao Cup in February.
“I think it was a good game,” the centre-back remarked, comparing it to the Carabao Cup final.
We had opportunities, and they had opportunities. But, in the end, we all know that penalties are usually a crapshoot. We lost. It’s all about winning at the end of the day.”It’s not about next season; it’s about today.” The game was about today, and it was there for us to take, but we didn’t. ‘