Photo: New Chelsea signing sends message to Antonio Conte
Antonio Rudiger sends an open message to Chelsea and AS Roma fans after signing for the Premier League champions
Antonio Rudiger has expressed his excitement at prospect of working with Chelsea manager Antionio Conte.
The Germany international signed a deal with the Premier League champions on Sunday to become their second summer acquisition.
Chelsea are rumoured to have paid £34m to sign the 24-year-old defender from Serie A giant AS Roma in the summer transfer window.
Rudiger will compete with Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz for a spot in Chelsea’s defence in the 2017-18 season.
The Berlin-born defender scored two goals in 72 appearances for the Rome outfit having moved to AS Roma from Bundesliga club Stuttgart in 2015.
And Rudiger posted the above photo of his unveiling on his Instagram page and penned an open letter to the Chelsea and Roma fans.
“Hi guys, I just signed for @chelseaFC,” Rudiger wrote in his caption on the photo-sharing app.
“The farewell is not easy for me because I really enjoyed playing for @officialasroma with its supporters and I made a lot of friends in the team. But when I heard of the offer of @chelseaFC I had to think about it and I realized that in life you never know if you’ll get a second chance.”
He continued: “For me the Premier League is the most challenging league in the world and Chelsea with Antonio Conte and his style of defending will be the next step forward for me…
“Nevertheless, I also want to take this opportunity to thank the whole Roma staff & all the fans and my teammates for their support in 2 amazing years in Rome!”
Rudiger becomes Chelsea’s second signing of the current transfer window in what has been a largely frustrating spell for Conte since winning the Premier League title.
The English champions completed a deal to sign Manchester City’s reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero in a free transfer earlier this month.
Chelsea missed out on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku last week after Manchester United agreed a £75m transfer fee with the Merseyside outfit.