Tammy Abraham's six-word message after defender makes his final Chelsea appearance

Tammy Abraham posted a message on Sunday in response to Antonio Rudiger’s last appearance in a Chelsea shirt.

Rudiger, who’s made 203 appearances in five years as a Chelsea player, represented the club for the last time on the weekend.

The Blues concluded their Premier League season with a 2-1 victory today at home to Watford, rubberstamping a third-placed finish in the division table.

Thomas Tuchel’s side know there’s a long way to go to close the gap to second-placed Liverpool and champions Manchester City, but they’ve shown in one-off games they can definitely compete.

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Rudiger’s last appearance

Rudiger started on his last ever Chelsea game against Watford and received a great reception from the crowd when substituted off midway through the second half.

The 29-year-old centre-back has been so influential on the pitch this season, which is why it’s a frightening thought of lining up without him in just a few months time.

His aggression, authority and intelligence means he’s leaving Stamford Bridge as one of the top defenders currently plying his trade. He’ll reportedly join up with Spanish champions Real Madrid imminently.

Roma striker Abraham, who himself left Chelsea last year, has praised ex-teammate Rudiger following his last Chelsea appearance.

“What a player. What a guy,” Abraham responded to Rudiger’s farewell post on Instagram.

Life after Chelsea

It’s going to be hard watching Rudiger in another team’s colours next season. However, many are interested to see how he copes in La Liga.

The German defender will be playing under extreme pressure at the Bernabeu, so it’s going to be a completely new kind of challenge for him.

Abraham has gone from strength to strength this year at Roma, while ex-Blues defender Fikayo Tomori became a Serie A champion over the weekend with AC Milan.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.