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Jorginho has paid a glowing tribute to Antonio Rudiger and accepts that Chelsea are going to miss the defender when he leaves at the end of the season.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed over the weekend that Rudiger will walk away from Stamford Bridge on a free transfer in the summer once his contract expires.

Sportsmail reported on Monday that the 29-year-old Germany international has agreed a four-year deal with Real Madrid.

Jorginho is disappointed to see Antonio Rudiger departing Chelsea when the season ends

Jorginho is disappointed to see Antonio Rudiger departing Chelsea when the season ends

Jorginho is disappointed to see Antonio Rudiger departing Chelsea when the season ends 

Jorginho paid tribute to Rudiger and said the pair have had 'amazing times' together at Chelsea

Jorginho paid tribute to Rudiger and said the pair have had 'amazing times' together at Chelsea

Jorginho paid tribute to Rudiger and said the pair have had ‘amazing times’ together at Chelsea

And speaking about Rudiger’s impending exit, midfielder Jorginho said: ‘He’s been here a long time so if he leaves then we’re going to miss him. He’s a big personality and he’s helped us a lot. 

‘We’ve had amazing times here; he’s a good friend of mine and of course if he leaves everyone at the club will miss him, not just me.’

Tuchel revealed the news of Rudiger’s departure over the weekend.

‘It will be incredibly difficult because Toni is a big personality, a big leader and he takes fear away from other people,’ Tuchel said.

‘We will miss him a lot. It will be challenging but, no matter how much I love Toni and how big a role he has played, there will be life at Chelsea without Toni Rudiger. We will find solutions.

Rudiger is expected to join Real Madrid on a free transfer at the end of the season

Rudiger is expected to join Real Madrid on a free transfer at the end of the season

Rudiger is expected to join Real Madrid on a free transfer at the end of the season 

‘We had big offers for him and the club tried everything but we cannot fight any more because we have the sanctions. Our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision.’ 

Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League standings and face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

The Blues are also in the FA Cup final and will take on quadruple-chasing Liverpool at Wembley on May 14. 

Source: DailyMail Sports

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