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Rudiger: “Chelsea on another level to Roma”

Antonio Conte was crucial to persuade the defender to join the Blues.

Germany defender Rudiger is confident he has made a step up in his career swapping Roma for Chelsea. The German international joined the Premier League champions for a fee that could rise up to £34 million shortly after the end of the Confederations Cup in Russia.

Chelsea will leave for their pre-season tour in China today, and Rudiger is looking forward to the challenge ahead of him:

“Not to be disrespectful but we speak about Roma and Chelsea… Chelsea are a big club,” the 24-year-old said at a promotional event in Tokyo.

“Roma are a big club too, in Italy, but I think Chelsea are a different level and of course the biggest reason [for my move] was the coach, Antonio Conte.

“I played in Italy and I spoke with a couple of team-mates – for example [Daniele] De Rossi – and he told me a lot about Conte and [his quality] is visible.

“You saw it last season, in the seasons before at Juventus and with Italy as national coach. He is a fantastic coach because he has improved a lot of players like Alonso and Moses – they played a great, great season.

“That’s why I thought, ‘I want to be part of that’.”