Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that defender Antonio Rudiger will leave the club for free once his contract expires in the summer.
Speaking about his situation after his side’s win over West Ham United on Sunday, the German gaffer said: “The situation is that he (Rudiger) wants to leave the club. He informed me of this is in a private talk.
“We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the actions. Without the sanctions, we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but out hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision.”
“He is a key figure and will stay that way until the end of the season. But it is disappointing. We will miss him a lot. He gives courage in the dressing room. The kind everyone is afraid of, but the kind to play 50-55 games at an outstanding level.”
Rudiger is likely to join Real Madrid on a free deal in the summer as he aspires for a new adventure after spending the last 5 years at Stamford Bridge.