THE BALL – Rudiger says goodbye: “I will always be Chelsea” (Chelsea)

Antonio Rudiger bid farewell to Chelsea on Friday. In a statement shared on the The players’ stand, the central defender said goodbye to the English club and all the supporters. “I don’t like goodbyes, but I’m going to try to make this one special, that it comes from the heart,” he began by saying.

The Germany international summed up his time at Stamford Bridge and much of the letter praised N’Golo Kanté as ‘one of the best boys in football’.

“I leave this club with a full heart. It meant a lot to me. Even this season, with all the complications, was very good. Football is football”, underlined Rudiger before approaching the negotiations with the the Blues.

“Business is business, but when you don’t hear from the club from August to January, the situation gets complicated. After the first offer, there was a big period of nothing. We are not robots , you know? We can’t wait months with so much uncertainty about the future. Other big clubs showed interest and I had to make a decision. I’m leaving, but business aside, I have nothing bad to say about Chelsea.”

Antonio Rudiger promised not to forget his five years defending the the Blues“Chelsea will always be in my heart. London will always be my home.

“Yes, I’ve been called to reason a few times, but I’ve also felt love. In the end, light is stronger than darkness. So I’ll always be Chelsea. Thank you,” the centre-back concluded. German, who should continue his career at Real Madrid.

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