Chelsea have been linked with Roma defender Antonio Rudiger – and reports claim the Germany international is close to signing for Chelsea and could do his medicals this week.
Fans have been divided by Chelsea’s move for the 24-year-old after selling Nathan Ake, but Rudiger did his chances of winning the hearts of the Blue fans no harm whatsoever in the Confederations Cup final by starring in Germany’s 1-0 win over Chile.
Rudiger was instrumental as Joachim Low’s side secured victory in St Petersburg thanks to a 20th-minute goal from Lars Stindl.
In an intense final against Chile, the 24-year-old was part of a back three which kept Chile’s relentless attack at bay despite the continuous threats of the like of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas.
His role in the victory did not go unnoticed by Blues fans, who were quick to flock to social media to praise one of Antonio Conte’s top transfer targets.
Negative Chelsea fans spinning while Rudiger is having a masterclass
— BiIIy (@COYBiIIy) July 2, 2017
All the people who posted that Rudiger slip video a few days ago.. make sure you post that goal saving tackle he just made as well! 🤔
— Feroze Ali (@feroze17) July 2, 2017
Toni Rüdiger emptying his pockets after the game pic.twitter.com/nNytCOsaRQ
— . (@Cameronesi_) July 2, 2017
Congrats Rudiger…get on the next available flight to London for your Chelsea medical tomorrow.
— Aiwill Richards (@bigrichienana) July 2, 2017
Rudiger did well tonight, did what he needed, no risks. Comfortable on ball & good tackling. Wanna see more assertiveness but that'll come.
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) July 2, 2017
Started the season with trophy…. Chelsea is waiting for you Rudiger!! pic.twitter.com/AxF9yWs3yd
— KK (@Adekunlek) July 2, 2017
If Chelsea eventually gets Rudiger as reported, then I think we've gotten a very decent one.. #cfc
— Deboye (@iampeedeeterry) July 2, 2017
Rudiger has successfully passed his audition. Welcome to Chelsea @ToniRuediger
— ~ (@Hazardified) July 2, 2017
— CFC Blue Machine – Ryan (@BluemachineX) July 2, 2017