Today, AS Roma announced that they have retained Antonio Rudiger, who was on a loan spell this past season. He played well for his rookie season in Serie A, which I am not surprised as Germany produces top quality defenders and that he has been gaining more playing time on Germany’s national team.
In addition, Rudiger scored two goals for the Giallorossi in 30 league appearances, which he started 29 of those 30 games. Interestingly, he played a total of 2,634 minutes and he was not subbed off once. I had a feeling when they played him all season that they were going to find a way to keep him and now they did just that.
Rudiger is strong, fast, and durable enough to play in any formation that AS Roma uses, plus he is versatile by being able to play a fullback position, if not asked to go up and overlap the outside midfielders or wingers. Smart man that will only get better.
Finally, AS Roma activated a clause to buy him and that will end his tenure at VfB Stuttgart 1893 e.V. for €9 mil. That is a steal for a young defender that has lots of potential to be one of the best in the world. Also, Transfermarkt.com had Rudiger listed at a market value at €10 mil, so AS Roma saved €1 mil. Rudiger’s contract expires on June 30, 2020.