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Antonio Rudiger reveals why he chose Roma

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Defender was wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger has revealed why he chose a season-long loan move to AS Roma instead of choosing to join one of Arsenal or Chelsea.

The Stuttgart centre-back was strongly linked with a move away from the Bundesliga outfit, with the Premier League duo keen, but yesterday he was unveiled as an Roma player after agreeing to a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old was wanted by the English duo, with Chelsea reportedly the favourites to land him as they’re in the market for a new central defender.

However, yesterday he was unveiled as a Roma player, and he admitted that the culture helped make his mind up about his move.

Player Reveals Decision

“It’s a great pleasure to be here and I’m delighted to wear the Roma colours,” the centre-half told Roma TV.

“I chose Rome because it’s a great city with a lot of culture and I want to be a part of this great team.

“There are a lot of great players here like Totti, Edin Dzeko, Pjanic, Maicon and Gervinho. I think we have a very good team.

“I want to be 100% fit to help the team and I came here to win the Scudetto. And for me personally, I want to develop further as a player and human being.”

Chelsea will continue their quest for Everton‘s John Stones, whilst Arsenal have focused their attentions elsewhere.

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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