Antonio Rudiger reveals he was originally a winger

The German centre-back played as a winger early in his career.

Rudiger joined Chelsea back in 2017 for a reported fee of £29 million from Roma.

Since then he has been a regular for the Blues making 120 appearances for the North London club.

He began his career quite differently as a winger who played 37 times for his country.

“I played at Hertha Zehlendorf in the attack together with John Brooks who is a Bundesliga defender at Wolfsburg today. We played with a three-man forward line: John in the middle, me on the left and Jerome Kiesewetter, who now plays for Inter Miami in the USA, on the right,” Rudiger told T-Online.

“Jerome and I were pretty fast, John was technically good and very tall early on – he mostly headed the balls in from the centre. We were very good, and that’s how we came to the attention of the professional clubs – at that time, it was the winger Antonio Rudiger!

“John then went to Hertha and was retrained as a central defender. I switched to BVB and also became a defender. Jerome remained a striker.”


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