Antonio Rudiger has publicly confirmed for the first time that he is leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid, but hinted that he could have stayed had it not been for government sanctions during contract negotiations.
Antonio Rudiger has admitted his “frustrations” in leaving Chelsea without a trophy to say goodbye to.
Rudiger, 29, has publicly confirmed for the first time that he is leaving Stamford Bridge, but hinted that he might have stayed had it not been for government sanctions during contract negotiations.
German defender Rudiger is expected to move to Real Madrid this summer when his Chelsea contract expires.
Rudiger won the Champions League for five years at Stamford Bridge, but defeat at Wembley to Liverpool means he has won just one of the four FA Cup finals he has played with Chelsea.
He said: “It was a normal five years, with ups and downs, but with a lot of positive things. That’s why I’m even more frustrated because I wanted to have a different ending.”
“At the end of the day, it’s not just about one side (helping the other), it’s both sides – Chelsea have been great for me, I’ve been great for Chelsea.
“As always, I am very, very grateful to myself, my family. I became a man here. My children were born here and everything. London and especially Chelsea will always be special to me.”
Rudiger admitted there was a chance he could stay had sanctions against Roman Abramovich not been applied during contract negotiations.
Negotiations were then put on hold at a time when Rudiger’s talks appeared more positive, but he is now committed to Real Madrid.
“I don’t want to get too deep into things,” Rudiger said. “There was a chance (to stay), but sanctions are not the problem.”
Rudiger admitted it was difficult to endure another painful defeat to Liverpool again on penalties, but says there is no solace in defeat. Rudiger has won only one of his four FA Cup finals.
Rudiger added: “It’s always hard to tell if we’re lucky or unlucky.
“Personally for me, it’s the third time (I lost a final), so you can’t always say bad luck, bad luck, bad luck.
“I think it was a good game like the Carabao Cup final. We had chances, they had chances. But at the end of the day we know that penalties are always a lottery. We lose.
“At the end of the day, it’s about winning. It’s about today, not about next season.
“The game was about today and it was there to happen and yes, unfortunately we didn’t.”
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