Chelsea: Jorginho breaks silence on Antonio Rudiger’s move to Real Madrid

Jorginho will miss Chelsea teammate Antonio Rudiger

Jorginho will miss Chelsea team-mate Antonio Rudiger (Images: Sky Sports/Getty)

Jorginho insists Chelsea will ‘miss’ Antonio Rudiger as the defender is close to a move to Real Madrid.

Rudiger, who has won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup at Stamford Bridge, has agreed a deal to join Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed over the weekend that the Premier League club had not agreed a new contract for Rudiger despite offering the 29-year-old more than £200,000 a week.

Rudiger is now expected to sign a four-year deal at the Bernabeu after picking Real Madrid as his next club over Bayern Munich.

Jorginho was asked about Rudiger’s likely departure on Tuesday and insisted that ‘everyone at the club will miss him’, not only as a valuable member of the team but also as a likable character.

“He’s been here for a long time so we’ll miss him when he leaves,” Jorginho told Sky Sports. “He is a great personality and has helped us a lot.

Rüdiger was a mainstay in the Chelsea team under Thomas Tuchel

Rudiger was a mainstay in the Chelsea team under Thomas Tuchel (Image: Getty)

“We’ve had great times here, he’s a good friend of mine so if he goes it’s not just me who will miss him but everyone at the club.”

When asked what he will miss about Rudiger, the Italian midfielder added: “The craziness! He makes me laugh a lot and all his jokes and laughs. That’s the beauty of it.”

Rudiger’s Chelsea career appeared to hit a stumbling block during Frank Lampard’s tenure, but the German centre-back enjoyed a resurgence under compatriot Tuchel and was a key member of last season’s Champions League-winning team.

He has continued to impress this season, helping Chelsea reach the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals, reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League and briefly challenge for the Premier League title.

Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton believes Rudiger will be a “huge loss” for Chelsea BBC Radio 5 Live: “Chelsea is in big trouble, there is so much uncertainty which will continue until new ownership is in place.

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“They could lose other players, I can’t look at Chelsea next season with the uncertainty that’s hanging over them at this moment.

‘[Andreas] Christensen is gone [Cesar] Azpilicueta – it will be interesting to see what happens to him. And then you look at the young talented players who have let them go. [Kurt] Zouma to West Ham, [Marc] Guehi to the Crystal Palace and [Fikayo] Tomori. Talented players who might have been able to move up.

“They lose a top defender and that doesn’t bode well for them.”

Former Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards added: “To replace Rudiger in that market, you’re looking at £40m or £50m.”

Chelsea, who beat West Ham 1-0 at the weekend, travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Thursday night.

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