29-year-old star explains his decision to snub Barcelona

Antonio Rudiger
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Former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has explained his decision to snub a move to Barcelona this summer.

Antonio Rudiger was targeted by Barcelona and Real Madrid, after the expiration of his contract with Chelsea.

The German international has claimed that he opted for a move to Barca’s rival Real Madrid.

“Yes, there was interest from Barcelona,” he told a press conference. “But I told my brother it was Real Madrid or nothing.

“What I can promise is, I will give everything for the club and I want to win as many trophies as possible.

“You come to a big, big, massive club – that’s a huge step for myself. But I try to enjoy the pressure.

“I see myself as fortunate to be here, to do what I love.

“I was in the trophy cabinet of Real Madrid and there the pressure starts. This is something that you cannot run away from. You have to try to enjoy it.”

Barcelona have meanwhile signed up (unofficially) Andreas Christensen on a free transfer from Chelsea, and Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso also expected to join.

Andreas Christensen has meanwhile confirmed he’s no longer a Chelsea player after the expiration of his contract with the Premier League side.

The 26-year-old admitted while on international duty that everything is in place for a move, which we all know is Barcelona.

“I know where I have to play,” Christensen told reporters after Denmark’s win against Austria.

Asked where he would be playing next season,  Christensen said: “Unfortunately, it’s not entirely up to me [the timing of the announcement]. There are also other things that need to fall into place.

“Hopefully soon. But I have known what I was going to do for a while. I’m just waiting for the right time.”

A reporter then specifically asked about Barcelona and Christensen, with a wry smile, replied: “It is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. I think it is for everyone – whether they have had their problems or not, it is still one of the biggest clubs for a player to get to.”