Costly mistake forced Antonio Rudiger out of Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger by Irobiko Chimezie

Antonio Rudiger was set to sign a contract extension with Chelsea in October 2020 after the club agreed to let him go on loan. 

Rudiger was not a regular under then manager Frank Lampard but was happy to extend his deal by a further year until 2023 provided he was loaned out, with interest from PSG, AC Milan and Tottenham. 

However, Rudiger felt Chelsea took too long to close the new terms of the contract and no deal was signed. 

Chelsea offered him a new contract in August 2021 worth £140,000 a week, which Rudiger rejected.  

Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich all held talks with his representatives over a free transfer. Manchester United were also thought to be interested.

Rudiger signed a four-year contract at Real Madrid – where he will be one of the highest paid players in world football.