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Antonio Rudiger has risked the wrath of Chelsea fans – before he’s even played for The Blues.
Germany centre half Rudiger has joined the Premier League champions from Roma in a £34million deal, signing a five-year contract.
After a disappointing week in the transfer window, with prime target Romelu Lukaku snubbing a return to Stamford Bridge and moving to Manchester United instead, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will no doubt be delighted to land the centre-back.
However, some Chelsea supporters will be less happy when they hear that Rudiger is a massive ARSENAL fan.
Rudiger has not been shy about admitting his love for fierce rivals Arsenal, reports Football.London.
“I have been following Arsenal since the days of Henry and Bergkamp,” he said.
“I have always dreamed of the Premier League. I watch videos of Arsenal all the time on YouTube and I often wear the current Alexis Sanchez shirt.
“My heart beats for Arsenal.”
A tip for any players who might ever think about playing for Chelsea: revealing your ‘heart beats for Arsenal’ is NOT going to endear you to the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Still, it could have been worse for Chelsea fans. Rudiger could have said he was a Tottenham fan…