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Who is Antonio Rudiger, the Chelsea star who moves Tuchel?

The German is finishing his contract with Chelsea and has not yet decided his future.

The German has had an impressive season with Chelsea.
The German has had an impressive season with Chelsea.

Antonio Rüdiger was born in Germany. The now Chelsea defender has had a difficult time since he was a child. With parents originally from Sierra Leone, it was a dream of his to reach Europe. 

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Rudiger's parents, Matthias and Lily, met in the German capital after being forced to flee Sierra Leone in 1991 due to the civil war.

The German player started his career in soccer at the age of 15, a relatively late age. Borussia Dortmund was attracted by Rudiger's qualities and brought him into their ranks to play in the youth academy.

With Dortmund, he played from 2008 to 2011 and was subsequently signed by VfB Stuttgart. There he also spent time in the youth academy before moving up to the first team and becoming a first-team regular in the 2012/13 season.

Rudiger's rise

After spending 4 years with the German team, he was signed by Roma in the 2015/16 season, there, with the Loba team, thanks to his great performances, he spent only two years, because Antonio Conte asked him to join Chelsea in the 2017/18 season.

The German has had a very good improvement since his arrival at Chelsea, especially since Thomas Tuchel took over the Blues. Rudiger will now be a free agent at the end of the season and is so highly rated that teams like PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United want him in their ranks.

Over the course of his career, he has scored 17 goals, 12 of which have been with the London team.

German national team

He played frequently for Germany's youth teams and made his senior debut in a friendly against Poland in May 2014.

Rudiger, who had been called up to the squad for Euro 2016, missed the tournament due to injury but was a key player in the 2017 Confederations Cup win in Russia. He was part of the defense that kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Chile in the final.

He was among Germany's call-ups for the 2018 World Cup and started in the 2-1 win over Sweden. Then, the then reigning world champions suffered a disappointing elimination in the group stage.

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