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Dear Chelsea: Rudiger Pens Farewell Message

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Dear Chelsea: Rudiger Pens Farewell Message

German international footballer, Antonio Rudiger, has penned a farewell message to Chelsea FC, as he leaves the club for 2022 UCL Finalist, Real Madrid.  

In a touching message posted by Rudiger on The Players Tribune, titled ‘Dear Chelsea’, the defender expresses his love for his teammates.

The 2020/21 UCL Central-Back of the season pointed out N’golo Kante’s humility in particular, praising his character.

READ ALSO: Real Madrid Completes Signing Of Toni Rudiger

“I want to talk about the Champions League final. But for you to understand, I have to tell a quick story about one of the nicest guys in football. Rudiger stated.

“I am speaking, of course, about N’Golo Kanté. 

“Before I came to Chelsea, I had heard all the beautiful stories about him. They said he is always smiling. It was said he still drives an old Mini Cooper. They said he never raises his voice. But you know how it goes in football, right? No one is really like that.

“There is too much pressure, too much disappointment. We are all human. No one is that cool all the time. It’s impossible. Then I met N’Golo.”

The 29-years old went further to narrate how Tuchel had changed his entire career after he was despised and dropped by Frank Lampard for his poor performances.

“We had a meeting one day, and the manager told me that we had a deep squad and that he preferred others over me.

“Boom — that was it. After that, there were a lot of rumors. I was getting a lot of abuse on social media. It was the hardest time in my career, and I stayed silent because I did not want to cause issues for the club. 

“Imagine, if you would have told me that within a few months, I would be starting in a Champions League Final against City? 

“But when you are hungry, nothing is impossible. It is the ones who are starving, the ones who have nothing to lose, who are the most dangerous. When Tuchel came in as manager and gave me a chance, it was a new life for me.”

Rudiger is expected to be announced as a new Madrid player at the end of the season, after 5 years with Chelsea.

Everything is now done between Real Madrid and Toni Rüdiger. The deal has been completed, according to sources from the club. Contract until 2026.

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Nick Pope: Newcastle Confirms The Signing Of Goalie

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Nick Pope: Newcastle Confirms The Signing Of Goalie

English Premier League Club, Newcastle United FC has confirmed the signing of English goalkeeper, Nick Pope.

The club made this revelation on its official website, as the shot-stopper is expected to be in the club until 2026.

“Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the signing of England international goalkeeper Nick Pope, who joins the club from Burnley for an undisclosed fee. The club stated.

READ ALSO: Pogba Returns To Juventus For Free

The manager of the team, Eddie Howe added praised the 30-years-old qualities, as he show his delight in him.

“Nick is an exceptional Premier League and international level goalkeeper so I’m very pleased to be adding strong competition to a very important position. Howe said.

“There has been a lot of interest in him from other clubs this summer, so I’d like to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for getting us ahead of the competition. I’m delighted he is joining us as we prepare for the exciting challenge ahead.”

Nick Pope will be the second player signed by the Magpies this season, after earlier signing left-back, Matthew Robert Targett.

What to know about the number 1;

The Soham-born goalkeeper has played eight times for his country, England.

He has also spent the past six seasons at Turf Moor, twice winning Burnley’s player of the year award and helping the Clarets to qualify for Europe in 2017/18.

He was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2019/20 when he kept 15 clean sheets throughout the campaign and made history last year as the first goalkeeper to keep clean sheets in his first six games for England.

Newcastle ownership;

Recall, that on the 7th of October 2021, the Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners, and RB Sports & Media confirmed that they had officially completed the acquisition of Newcastle United.

The Public Investment Fund is the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.

It is among the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world with total estimated assets of $620 billion (£492 billion).

With the acquisition, Newcastle became the EPL club with the richest owner.

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BREAKING: Pogba Returns To Juventus For Free

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Pogba Returns To Juventus For Free

French professional footballer, Paul Labile Pogba has returned to serial A side, Juventus on a free transfer.

This was disclosed by sports pundit, Fabrizio Romano, as the midfielder is expected to sign the contract in July.

READ ALSO: Zidane Speaks On His Rumored Move To PSG

“Paul Pogba to Juventus, confirmed and here we go! Fabrizio tweeted.

The full agreement is now completed on a free transfer. Deal to be signed at the beginning of July, it’s done and sealed.

“Pogba will be in Italy in two weeks. Juve sold him for €100m six years ago – now he’s back for free.

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JUST IN: FG Lifts Ban On Nigeria Basketball Team

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FG Lifts Ban On International Basketball Competitions

The Federal Government has lifted the ban on Nigeria’s basketball teams’ participation in international competitions.

This was revealed at a conference by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar.

This came after the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), sent a letter of appeal, signed by Mr. Musa Kida to the Buhari-led government.

READ ALSO: Zidane Speaks On His Rumored Move To PSG

“Intervention by concerned stakeholders, former Nigerian international basketball players, and well-meaning Nigerians to seek solutions to the issues triggered the decision. Abubakar disclosed.

The lifted ban was also confirmed by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, stating that the suspension will last for two years.

‘The development would allow the government to concentrate on efforts to revamp the sport. The minister stated.

Recall, that President Muhammadu Buhari had in May approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions.

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