Antonio Rudiger, a former Chelsea player, has been announced as a Real Madrid player following a free transfer.
The 29-year-old passed his physical at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital earlier in the day, shortly after signing a four-year contract with the Bernabeu.
“It’s a very memorable day for all of us, but especially for me,” Rudiger told reporters.
“I’d like to thank my parents since I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.” They have always been supportive of me, which has been crucial throughout my life.
“I’d also like to express my gratitude to Real Madrid’s president for providing me with the opportunity to play for such a prestigious club.” I can assure you that I will put everything I have into this club. I want us to win as many championships as possible. “Hala Madrid and nothing else!”
Rudiger also confirmed that Barcelona were interested in signing him, but that it was ‘Real Madrid or nothing.’
“Today one of the best defenders in the world lands at Real Madrid,” said the club’s president Florentino Perez. Antonio, you are now a member of a unique club and family.”