According to Fabrizio Romano, “everything is now done” between Real Madrid and Antonio Rüdiger, and while the official announcement will not come until after the season, the “deal has been completed”.
Romano reported a couple weeks ago that Rüdiger had agreed personal terms on a four-year contract with the Spanish champions and Champions League finalists, but if there was any hope of changing his mind then, it doesn’t sound like there is any left now.
How about an FA Cup as breakup trophy then?
Everything is now done between Real Madrid and Toni Rüdiger. The deal has been completed, club sources confirm: he will play for Real. ⚪️⭐️ #RealMadrid— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 10, 2022
Contract until 2026, there’s no option for further season.
Official announcement: end of the season.
Here we go confirmed. pic.twitter.com/N6zn9w5pcR
As confirmed by head coach Thomas Tuchel, the 29-year-old made up his mind to leave a few weeks ago, not long before we finally found some clarity in terms of our ownership situation. Unfortunately, Todd Boehly & Co will have to now concentrate on finding a replacement for Rüdiger, rather than trying to convince him to stay (and also Andreas Christensen).
UPDATE: Looks like the massive signing-on fee was indeed critical in this decision.
Done deal: Antonio Rüdiger joins Real Madrid. 4yrs deal, salary of €6.8m net + bonuses. Additionally the top defender and his agent Sahr Senesie (brother) get a huge signing bonus of €35m, sources close to the player telling us. ⚪️ #RMFC #CFC @kerry_hau @SPORT1— Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) May 10, 2022
Whether those replacements will arrive by way of the transfer market (once our operational licence is finally amended), the Loan Army (Levi Colwill, come on down!), or the Academy remains to be seen. I’m sure we will lament the departures of certain players in hindsight, but there’s little use in pining for the likes of Fikayo Tomori or Marc Guéhi now. Their journeys, circumstances, timings are their own.
As Tuchel said, there will still be Chelsea without Rüdiger and we will find solutions.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has today signed for Real Madrid. 4yr deal, €9/10m net + joining bonus & €400m release clause. Medical already done, official announcement after #UCL final @TheAthleticUK after @FabrizioRomano report earlier #RMFC #CFC https://t.co/yrgLt2p88I— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 10, 2022