Rudiger: ‘It was my best decision to stay at Chelsea’

The centre-back admits that he was looking at alternative destinations when he was out of the Blues' first-team plans

The Germany international centre-back played a key role as the Blues overcame Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday

Antonio Rudiger says that his decision to stay at Chelsea was the best of his life following the club’s Champions League triumph.

The Germany international centre-back played a key role as the Blues overcame Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday, with an eye-catching last-ditch challenge on Phil Foden in the first half perhaps his personal highlight.

It was the first time he had won the Champions League and he says it justifies his decision to remain with the Stamford Bridge side, having previously been linked with an exit as he found life difficult under Frank Lampard before Thomas Tuchel arrived.

“It will take a day or two before it sinks in,” Rudiger told Sport1 of Chelsea’s success. “It was the greatest day of my football career. No matter what happens in the years to come, I’ll never forget Porto.

“I’m happy that everything turned out like this at Chelsea. Looking back, it was my best possible decision. And now I’ll try to take my Chelsea form into Euro 2020.”

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