Football

Roma's Ruediger joins Chelsea

English Premier League champions Chelsea have signed AS Roma and Germany defender Antonio Ruediger on a five-year contract for a fee believed to be in the region of £34 million (S$60.6m).

The 24-year-old centre back had impressed at Serie A outfit Roma over the past two seasons, after joining them from VFB Stuttgart.

Said Ruediger: "It's a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this."

The player, who has 17 caps for Germany, played in his country's recent Confederations Cup-winning campaign. - WIRE SERVICES

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