‘This is madness’: TalkSPORT pundit absolutely appalled by what he’s heard about Chelsea player now

Simon Jordan didn’t hold back when asked to comment on Antonio Rudiger’s imminent move from Chelsea to Real Madrid.

Speaking on talkSPORT yesterday, Jordan totally let loose on the German, following his decision to swap South West London for sunny Spain.

Bye-bye Blue

Thomas Tuchel announced on Sunday that the centre-back will leave the club in the summer as a free agent.

Tuchel’s confirmation placed a rather grey cloud over the narrow 1-0 victory against West Ham United his team had just secured.

But the grey cloud has been hanging above Stamford Bridge for some time.

Especially where Rudiger’s future is concerned, one that finally seems to be sorted out.

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The 29-year-old had demanded a pay rise to remain a Blue, shifting him from one of the lowest earners on £90k-a-week (Guardian) to the higher echelons of the squad.

Chelsea offered him a deal worth a minimum of £200k-a-week (Guardian), but they were hit with a request for a signing-on bonus and fees for the player’s representatives.

Neither party could come to an agreement, causing the defender to reject any further proposals and turn to Madrid instead.

Is Rudiger worth the fuss?

Carlo Ancelotti’s employers are reportedly willing to meet Rudiger’s request, whilst also tying him down to a four-year contract.

In that time, he could earn major dosh, a concept that Jordan was completely disgusted by.  

“Have a look at his conditions. 200k-a-week, which is an outrageous amount of money,” said the former Crystal Palace chairman.  

“He’s worthy of that compared to other centre-halves getting more than that,” responded Danny Murphy.

“Who? Who’s getting more than that?” quizzed Jordan.

“(Virgil) Van Dijk’s getting more than that. (Ruben) Dias.

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“They are better players,” replied Jordan.

“I know, but what I’m saying is that he’s (Rudiger) been as consistent (as them).”

Money talks

Not letting the notion slide, Jordan continued his rant, saying: “He wants a £10m sign-on. His ghastly, wretched agent wants £10m quid.

“This is madness. It’s greed. He’s going to Real Madrid because he’s greedy. End of discussion. Good riddance.”

Like in the cartoons, it does appear Rudiger’s eyes have turned to dollar signs, as he senses one last major pay package in his career.

But had he just waited for the new Chelsea owners to be confirmed, perhaps a sack of cash could’ve landed on his doorstep anyway.

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Sadly, Antonio’s patience ran out.

We wish you all the best at the Bernabeu.

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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.