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Rudiger: I didn't want to wait until June to sort future

Antonio Rudiger has confirmed it was in March when he decided his Chelsea career was over.

He began the month with no inclination to leave Stamford Bridge, but after unresolved talks over an improved deal had stalled for five months, "crazy rumours" about his future were able to circulate.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Rudiger said: "I was thinking 'wow' but I kept quiet."

Russia's invasion of Ukraine led to sanctions on Roman Abramovich and no contracts could be signed until Chelsea completed the takeover process.

"My decision came to the point, to be honest, in March," said Rudiger. "The sanctions was something nobody saw coming. It is easy to blame it on that, too easy. For me, there was a gap between August and January, and that made me think 'what's going on'.

"You get pressure from other teams because it's January and people don't know what's happening and you would have to wait until June because you have a contender to take over the club but even today you cannot talk to him because you have to go through Government stuff and everything.

"I didn't want to wait until June to sort out my future because it's been almost a year of uncertainty."

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