OFFICIAL: Antonio Rudiger Joins Real Madrid On A Free Transfer

 Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has joined Real Madrid on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old German international has agreed to a four-year contract at the Bernabeu, and will join when his Premier League contract expires on June 30.

Rudiger, who will be introduced as a Real Madrid player on July 20, spent five seasons at Chelsea, winning the FA Cup in 2018, the Europa League in 2019, and the Champions League in 2021, but he turned down a contract extension offer from the club.

Madrid were delighted by Rudiger's performance in their Champions League quarterfinal clash against Chelsea in April, when the centre-back scored in a 3-2 second-leg triumph at the Bernabeu, ensuring Chelsea's elimination 5-4 on aggregate.

The defender's representatives had contacted the LaLiga team earlier this season, but the club had ruled out a move at the time due to the anticipated expenses involved.

After the Champions League second leg, their attitude shifted, and a deal was struck quickly, with Rudiger's desire to play for Madrid and a reduction in his wage demands seen as crucial.

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