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Official: Chelsea Signs Germany Defender Antonio Rudiger

Official: Chelsea Signs Germany Defender Antonio Rudiger
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English giant Chelsea secured the signature of German defender Antonio Rudiger, who joined the club from Italian club Roma for a reported fee of £29 million ($37.3m, 32.7m euros), the London club disclosed on Sunday.

The £33.3m rated 24-year-old defender signed a five-year contract a week after helping his country secure the Confederations Cup.

The signing of Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma provides a boost for Chelsea a day after they suffered the bitter disappointment of landing striker Romelu Lukaku, their main transfer target who later agree to join Manchester United instead.

"It's a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this," Rudiger told the club's website.

"I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I'm very proud to officially become a Chelsea player."

Meanwhile Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo also commented on their recent signing of Rudiger saying he possessed the qualities to blossom in the Premier League.

"We are pleased to be able to bring in a player of proven quality who adds to our defensive options," added Emenalo.

"Antonio is still young but is experienced at club and international level and possesses all the requisite attributes to thrive in the Premier League.

"We have been aware of him for some time and we are confident he will fit in well with the squad."

The German, has in his record a total of 12 goals in his professional career but also picked up six red cards, is Chelsea's second signing of the close season.

However, Former Manchester city and Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero joined on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract.

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