Jorginho has spoken about the biggest Antonio Rudiger trait Chelsea will miss once the Germany international leaves this summer.
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Rudiger will move on at the end of his contract, which expires on June 30. Chelsea made several offers to renew but couldn’t quite meet the demands of him and his agent.
As such, the centre-back will likely play for one of their Champions League rivals next season.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Rudiger. He will have a medical in London ahead of joining the La Liga giants on a four-year contract.
Tuchel may also have to do without Andreas Christensen, as the 26-year-old defender is a target for Barcelona. Like Rudiger, his contract expires in the summer, meaning he can leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Jorginho has spoken about Rudiger’s impending exit.
Jorginho talks ‘amazing times’ with Rudiger
“He’s been here a long time so if he leaves then we’re going to miss him,” the Italian admitted.
“He’s a big personality and he’s helped us a lot. We’ve had amazing times here. He’s a good friend of mine and of course if he leaves everyone at the club will miss him, not just me.”
Jorginho was then asked what he will miss most about Rudiger. It seems the enigmatic star will leave a gaping hole in the Chelsea dressing room due to his big personality.
Antonio Rudiger is leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid confirmed
Antonio Rudiger is leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid this summer and is close to agreeing massive contract with Los Blancos
“His craziness,” Jorginho said. “He makes me laugh a lot; all of his jokes and laughs we’ve had together – that’s the nice part.”
Chelsea look set to take a significant loss on Rudiger. He cost £34million when joining from Roma back in 2017.
The 29-year-old is now one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League. Were his contract to last for the next few years, then Chelsea could request a big fee for his signature.
But that isn’t the case, and they will now have to scout potential replacements – who could prove expensive.
Early options include Jules Kounde of Sevilla, Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana and Villarreal star Pau Torres.