Antonio Rudiger has revealed why he snubbed a move to the Premier League in order to complete a season-long loan to Serie A side AS Roma.
The Stuttgart defender was strongly linked with a move away from the Bundesliga, but it was expected that he'd move to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Chelsea interested in signing him.
However, the centre-back has recently agreed to a loan switch to Roma, where he will spend the season.
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The 22-year-old was a target for both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, but the duo cooled their interest after they heard about Roma's interest.
Rudiger has been at Stuttgart for four years and broke into the club's first-team back in 2012. Since then, he has gone on to make 66 Serie A appearances.
However, he will now spend the 2015/2016 season on loan in Italy, and in a recent interview, he has revealed what swayed his decision and what made him choose Roma over the English duo.
Rudiger admitted that the culture in Italy was a big part of his decision, but he also admitted he's looking forward to linking up with some real talented players.
“It's a great pleasure to be here and I'm delighted to wear the Roma colours,” the centre-half told Roma TV.
"I chose Rome because it's a great city with a lot of culture and I want to be a part of this great team.
“There are a lot of great players here like Totti, Edin Dzeko, Pjanic, Maicon and Gervinho. I think we have a very good team.
"I want to be 100% fit to help the team and I came here to win the Scudetto. And for me personally, I want to develop further as a player and human being."
Chelsea and Arsenal Plans
After missing out on Rudiger, Chelsea have now turned their attentions to Everton's John Stones, with The Blues already having two formal bids rejected.
As for Arsenal, they are thought to be in the market for a striker and a holding-midfielder after giving up on signing Rudiger.