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Chelsea defender Rudiger: I never ran away from Italian football

Antonio Rudiger is happy with his first six months in English football with Chelsea.

The former AS Roma defender made the move last summer.

"I have been happy since I arrived in the league. For me that was very, very important," said the German defender to Deutschen Presse-Agentur.

"It is a completely different football than in Italy. But I think I've done well so far.

"Everyone knows the Premier League, in England it's physically another level. My game is also shaped by the physique, so I met that."

Rudiger also addressed claims that racism inside Italian football drove him to join Chelsea.

"I do not run away from anything. I want to make that clear. I did not run away from racism. I left because I wanted to fulfill the dream of playing in the Premier League.

"Anyone who knows me well knows that I felt 100 percent comfortable in Italy. I respect the country, I respect the people. I also felt very comfortable in Rome."

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