'We are going to miss him': Jorginho reacts after hearing who's going to leave Chelsea this summer

Jorginho has been one of the first Chelsea players to speak about Antonio Rudiger’s imminent departure.

The midfielder opened up to Sky Sports about his feelings towards Rudiger’s reported transfer to Real Madrid.

Rudiger edges closer to Real Madrid

Thomas Tuchel announced his compatriot’s decision on Sunday, following the 1-0 victory against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.

Whilst many fans have feared this day would come around, almost all of them held hopes it would never happen.

Rudiger’s future has been a subject of discussion throughout the season, from the moment it was made clear his expiring contract wouldn’t be easily resolved.

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Chelsea had apparently reached some sort of neutral ground with the player in February, but Roman Abramovich’s decision to sell the club wiped this off the table.

Abramovich’s subsequent sanctions left the defender in an even more dire situation in regards to his ever-fading deal.

He simply could not wait for the new owners to be installed to start up another conversation about staying or going.

The 29-year-old ultimately decided a move to Madrid would be the best option, considering they are seemingly willing to meet his wage demands.

Whilst nothing has been officially confirmed by either Chelsea or the Spanish side, all the signs are pointing in the direction of La Liga.

Jorginho says goodbye to Rudiger

Bidding farewell to Rudiger will not be easy for anyone associated with the Blues to take, especially those nearest and dearest to him.

“He’s been here a long time, so if he leaves, we are going to miss him,” admitted Jorginho.

“He is a big personality and he helped us a lot. We had amazing times here.

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“He is a good friend of mine and, not just me, but everyone at the club will miss him.”

When asked what the Italian will miss about his teammate, he said: “(His) Craziness. He makes me laugh a lot.

“All his jokes and laughs we had together, it’s the nice part.”

Sadly, the pair won’t be able to smile on the pitch together anymore once the campaign concludes.

That luxury will be handed over to the likes of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

What a win for Madrid; what a loss for Chelsea.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.