Chelsea complete £34m signing of Roma defender Rudiger

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The Germany international becomes Antonio Conte's second summer signing as he looks to bolster his Premier League-winning squad

Chelsea have completed the signing of Antonio Rudiger from Roma for a reported £34 million.

The centre-back had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last year and the Blues reignited their interest this summer, agreeing a fee with the Serie A side last week.

He has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League champions, and will wear the No.2 shirt that was vacated by Branislav Ivanovic following his sale to Zenit in January.

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Rudiger spent two seasons at Roma after joining from Stuttgart, and made 26 Serie A appearances in 2016-17 as they finished second to Juventus, and he has now signed a five-year deal at the Blues.

He had been contracted to Roma until 2020, but has opted for a switch to the Premier League, becoming the Blues's second summer signing following the arrival of goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

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"It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this," he told the club's official website.

"I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player."

The 24-year-old adds to Antonio Conte's defensive options after the departure of John Terry, now with Aston Villa, and Nathan Ake, sold to Bournemouth for £20m.

Part of Germany's Confederations Cup winning team, Rudiger has made 17 appearances for the national team.

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