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Chelsea Star Bids Farewell After FA Cup Heartbreak

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has responded to claims that government sanctions were the reason he decided to leave the club.

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Rudiger will leave the reiging European champions when his contract expires at the end of the current season.

The Germany international is reportedly set to join Spanish giants Real Madrid next and is likely to earn £400K a week.

However, the 29-year-old defender insists his decision to leave had nothing to do with sanctions place on the club by the UK government.

“There was a chance but sanctions are not the problem. I don't want to go too deep in things," Rudiger said after the loss to Liverpool, as the Sun.

"At the end of the day it's not only about one side (helping the other), it's both sides - Chelsea have been great to me, I have been great to Chelsea.

"As always, I am very, very thankful me, my family. I became a man here. My kids were born here and everything. London and especially Chelsea will always be special to me."

"It's been five years as normal with ups and downs, but with a lot of positive things.

"That's why I'm even more frustrated because I wanted to have a different ending."

Here are the 10 players "confirmed" to be leaving their respective clubs at the end of the 2021/22 campaign: 

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