Antonio Ruediger, whose mother is from Sierra Leone, has joined Italy’s Roma on a one-year loan deal with an option for a permanent move from German side VFB Stuttgart.
The 22-year-old central defender born to a German father is considered as one of the most promising talents in the Bundesliga and has already made six appearances for the German national side.
“AS Roma are pleased to announce that German defender Antonio Ruediger has joined on a season-long loan from Stuttgart for a fee of four million euros. The agreement also includes the option to make the transfer permanent from the 2016-17 seasons for a fee of nine million euros,” Roma said in a statement.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be able to wear the Roma jersey,” Rudiger told Roma TV.
“I’ve come here to win titles, to win the scudetto. I would like to thank all the Roma fans and promise them that I will give everything for this club.”
Ruediger joined Stuttgart as a teenager in 2011 and has so far won six caps for Germany after making his first appearance last year.