Chelsea have completed the signing of the FIFA confederation Cup winner Antonio Rudiger from Roma for a reported £30m rising to £35m due to add-ons. The German defender put pen to paper on a five year deal. He will be wearing the coveted number two jersey worn last by Branislav Ivanovic.
Rudiger told Chelsea’s official website: ‘It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this.
‘I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player.’
The Blues announced the deal in unique fashion, posting a video on Twitter of a young boy asking his father if he can get Rudiger on the back of his Chelsea shirt in the club store.
The father replies: ‘You know you can’t have the name of someone who hasn’t actually signed yet.’
The young Chelsea fan insists he wants Rudiger’s name on his shirt before the woman working at the Chelsea store goes into another room and asks an off camera figure: ‘Excuse me, is it alright if this fan puts your name on the back of his shirt?’
All of a sudden, Rudiger appears and replies: ‘No problem, I am a Chelsea player now.’
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