Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger told the club’s official website he wanted to join the Premier League champions despite having no experience of the league.
The German international, who featured in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan on Saturday evening, claimed: “I cannot say much about the Premier League because I did not experience it yet, but the Italian league is more tactical”.
“You don’t have open games but here in England it is different, both teams are attacking the whole time so that is the main big difference, and of course the physical aspect in England”.
Then the 24-year-old added: “I think the whole league is a big challenge so I need to be prepared for each game”.
“I wanted to play in the Premier League and it is now years that my name was linked to Chelsea, now I am here and I am very happy. I want to thank all of the people who made this come true”.
Rudiger had a successful spell with Stuttgart between 2011 and 2015, before joining AS Roma in 2015 on a €4m loan with an option to buy of €9m.