- Antonio Rudiger landed in Sierra Leone on Monday and scores of football fans stormed the airport to welcome the Chelsea defender
- The Germain international and current Chelsea star is visiting his motherland to launch his non-profit charity organization
- A number of fans tried to catch a glimpse of the Champions League winner at the airport and the player was stunned
Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has arrived in Sierra Leone his mother’s homeland in a bid to launch his non-profit charity organization, Switsalone reports.
The Chelsea of England defender landed in Freetown for a private visit as he returned to his roots on Monday, January 24.
According to an earlier post, he sat in a private jet, and he captioned it with the following words.
“Off to Sierra Leone for some days to recharge batteries for the crucial part of the season. Looking forward to finally launch The Antonio Rüdiger Foundation for Sierra Leone there.”
And upon arrival, Rudiger was mobbed as scores of fans tried to catch a glimpse of the Champions League winner.
Reacting to the reception, Rudiger wrote:
“I'm speechless - these people are crazy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this overwhelming welcome, Sierra Leone. God bless you all.”
The 28-year-old has continued to assist the African nation through his non-governmental organization, the Antonio Rudiger Foundation.
Only recently, he was said to have donated $100,000 (SLL 1 billion) to help boost the educational system of the country.
The foundation set up by Rudiger recently collaborated with Big Shoe, to help 11 physically challenged children with medical operations.
Rudiger undecided over Chelsea contract extension
Meanwhile, Rudiger has finally told Chelsea football club how much he is expecting to earn if he decides to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer.
Reports have it that the former Roma defender has demanded a hefty package worth 45 million pounds for 4 years.
This deal is equivalent to £180,000 per week if spread across a five-year deal or £220,000 per week over four years.
Rudiger has been an influential member of the Blues backline since Thomas Tuchel took over the reins at Stamford Bridge and was instrumental in the Club’s Champions League success last season as Chelsea triumphed over Manchester City in the final.
Gallas sends message to Lukaku
Sports Brief earlier reported that former Chelsea defender William Gallas has told Romelu Lukaku that the only way he can get the forgiveness of fans at Stamford Bridge is to start scoring goals.
The Belgian was returned to the Blues’ starting line-up following his recent comments which ripped the club apart.
Gallas says it could take some time before the striker gets back the love from fans, after the former Inter Milan striker claimed he was not happy with the club situation.