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Rudiger insists sanctions didn’t influence exit
Football Transfer Centre


Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has insisted that the ongoing sanctions have not influenced his decision to leave the club.

The German has agreed a four-year contract with Real Madrid, and he will officially join them when his Blues deal expires on June 30.

Ahead of his exit, Rudiger has emphasised that there was a chance of him staying with the Blues, and sanctions were never a problem.

He said: “I don’t want to go into deep things. There was a chance but sanctions was not the problem. It’s not only about one side, it’s about both sides.”

Rudiger will earn around €190,000-a-week at Real Madrid. On top of this, he will receive a significant signing-on fee of around €30 million.

He could be the first of many defenders leaving the Blues this summer. Andreas Christensen has agreed a pre-contract with Barcelona already.

Meanwhile, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are pushing for exits as well. The duo could follow Christensen to the Camp Nou.



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