The Surprising Confession of Rüdiger, Who Wanted to Go to Paris

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Considered rightfully as one of the best defenders in Europe, he could have had a completely different trajectory. In 2017, while playing for AS Roma, he was transferred to Chelsea for a hefty sum of 35 million euros. The beginning of a rise that would lead him to win the Champions League with the Blues in 2021. But his story could have been very different, as a few months before lifting the coveted trophy, he was very close to leaving London to join Paris Saint-Germain.

“Six months later, Tuchel arrived at Chelsea from PSG”

Indeed, the German now at Real Madrid explained to Goal that he had asked his leaders to join the French team and Thomas Tuchel. But it was ultimately the coach who made the opposite move: “I really wanted to leave. I wanted to go to Paris Saint-Germain with Thomas Tuchel, that was my wish. But it didn’t happen, and six months later, Tuchel arrived at Chelsea from PSG. Then, we won the Champions League together. It was probably meant to happen like that. I had many good coaches. If I had to choose one now, it would be Thomas Tuchel. I got along particularly well with him. His honest character suited me. I fit well into his idea of football and he also appreciated me a lot as a person,” he stated.

In summary, Antonio Rüdiger, the German defender of Real Madrid, revealed that he had wanted to join Paris Saint-Germain when Thomas Tuchel was there. The player of the Spanish club shared this during an interview.

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