The German soccer player Antonio Rüdiger wanted to leave FC Chelsea in his time under coach Frank Lampard towards Paris Saint-Germain.
“I was no longer in the squad. It was said that I should go, which I was never said directly,” said the 29-year-old in an interview with the “DAZN” streaming service for his difficult season 2020/21 at Stamford Bridge. “I was ready to go,” said Rüdiger. His goal: coach Thomas Tuchel and the French series master PSG.
“When it ended up under Lampard, he had relied on me again,” said the defender. At the beginning of 2021 Tuchel took over Lampard’s job. Rüdiger stayed and became a fixed size – and Chelsea won the Champions League under Tuchel in 2021.
At that time he hadn’t really believed in this triumph. “I couldn’t imagine that, I honestly say that. The last thing we dreamed of was this final,” said Rüdiger.
After five years at the Stamford Bridge, the Berlin native is now moving to Real Madrid. According to a report by the magazine “The Athletic”, the defender signed a four -year contract with the Spanish champion.
His contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season, he can leave the club free of charge. Tuchel had already confirmed that Rüdiger was going.
This Saturday (5:45 p.m.) Rüdiger meets Chelsea in the FA Cup final in Wembley on FC Liverpool with Jürgen Klopp.