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Rudiger: Who is Chelsea’s $43 million rookie?

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Rudiger: Who is Chelsea’s $43 million rookie?

“I am not a typical German,” Antonio Rudiger said of himself earlier this year.

Rudiger has always felt a bit different from his German compatriots, even more so than when he moved to Italy in 2015 (joining AS Roma from Stuttgart).

Rudiger completed his transfer to Chelsea on July 9.

However, different from his initial thoughts, in Italy he had to experience the so-called darker side of humanity.

“Rudiger provoked us right before the match,” said the Bosnian player.

Rudiger: Who is Chelsea's $43 million rookie?

Antonio Rudiger’s handling moves

The racist attitude in this case is said to be very clear.

Rudiger then spoke out strongly about the serious racism in Italian football, after two more incidents involving midfielder Sulley Muntari (Ghanaian) and midfielder Medhi Benatia (Morocco).

“I have to take this matter seriously, because I cannot and must not ignore something like that.

Rudiger: Who is Chelsea's $43 million rookie?

Rudiger can play in many positions, and has a very good physical foundation.

Professionally, Rudiger grew up admiring his idol Thierry Henry, and he also played up front as a child.

Dortmund has an excellent reputation for nurturing young talent.

In fact, right from the time he was playing for Stuttgart, Rudiger attracted the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including Liverpool.

Rudiger himself admitted that when recalling: `One or two good matches followed by a bad match.`

Rudiger: Who is Chelsea's $43 million rookie?

Rudiger’s future is very bright, especially after moving to Chelsea.

The cruciate ligament injury that Rudiger suffered while training the night before his first major tournament also prevented the midfielder from joining Chelsea since last summer.

“When I got back on the field, they told me it was like I had never been injured,” Rudiger said.

Rudiger is making it more and more difficult for strikers to face.

Physically, Rudiger is the type of player who meets the requirements of the English Premier League, including strength and speed.

Coach Antonio Conte is said to be the main figure promoting Rudiger’s transfer to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea fans still seem to be surprised by Rudiger’s appearance.

Rudiger joined Chelsea after just winning the 2017 Confederations Cup with Germany in Russia.

Nguyen Phat

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