A.S. Roma have triggered a clause which allowed them to make the permanent signing of central defender Antonio Rudiger from VfB Stuttgart. The reported fee is around $10 million and an extra payment of $556,875 will be made depending on clauses.
Rudiger has been given a 4-year contract which will expire on June 30, 2020. The German defender spent the entire 2015-16 season on loan at Roma and made his debut against Frosinone in September 2015, as reported by asroma.com.
The 23-year-old was very effective for the Giallorossi winning 33 tackles last season with a success rate of 53%. Rudiger made 45 interceptions for the club along with 109 clearances and 9 blocks. The defender made 30 appearances in Serie A and has 2 goals under his belt, according to Squawka.com.
The former VfB Stuttgart man is presently training with the German national team ahead of their participation in Euro 2016.
Rudiger was an essential part of the Roma setup who managed to finish third in the Serie A table behind champions Juventus and runners-up Napoli. The player has been an instrumental part in the club’s bid for a Champions League position next season and has been a fan favorite at Stadio Olimpico.
Such is the influence of the defender that VfB Stuttgart got relegated to 2. Bundesliga without his services after finishing 17th in the Bundesliga table.
Rudiger also made 6 appearances for Roma in the Champions League last season winning 48% of his average duels.
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