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Antonio Rudiger was pleasantly surprised when he found his fellow German teammates were coming to play alongside him at Chelsea.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were two of Chelsea's marquee signings last summer for a combined fee that eclipsed £100million.
Both have received praise and criticism for their mixed performances – with Werner, in particular, put under the microscope.
And speaking to Chelsea TV, Rudiger was asked to comment on the debuts of Werner and Havertz.
"I get on very well with them,” he said.
“I was surprised when they told me they want to come here and out of Germany.
“Especially with Kai, because he is 21 years old. I could have expected more with Timo because he’s 25. With Kai, this was a huge step. I respect them both for it.”
And although the jury might still be out on the pair for many fans, Rudiger always had and has complete faith in them – and explained why he believes they have had such a tough time settling into the Premier League.
"When you come to England or a foreign country in general, it’s never easy because you need to adapt,"
"For me, they have done quite well. At the beginning they had difficulties, which is normally. Both are trying very hard. They are young guys. Hopefully they can kick on next season even better then what they are doing now at the end.”
"This is their first experience abroad, they have only been in Germany so far, have only ever been in a safe environment, as I would call it.
“This is new territory for them and my job is to help them. I encourage them and I am just there for them."
This season, Werner bagged 12 goals and 15 assists in all competitions while Havertz managed eight strikes and nine assists to his name.
Despite their performance thus far, this speaks volumes for Chelsea. Being only 21 and 25 years old respectively, and highly rated in Europe, the two men decided to pick the Blues over any other major club.
Moreover, they felt so strongly about playing in a blue shirt that they chose to move overseas to be in London rather than potentially staying in the Bundesliga, where a move to Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund may have been simpler.
And with Tuchel at the helm, having guided the club to a top four finish, Chelsea's pull may be even more powerful this summer.
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