Antonio Rudiger has described Chelsea FC signing Emerson Palmieri as a “good guy”.
The Brazilian defender completed a £23m move to Chelsea FC from Serie A giants AS Roma in the January transfer window.
Palmieri was signed to provide more depth at the back given the west London side’s well-documented struggles in 2018 so far.
The January signing will rival Marcos Alonso for a starting spot in Antonio Conte’s team in the final months of the season.
Rudiger played alongside Palmieri in the Roma defence for 12 months before the centre-half completed a £34m move to Chelsea FC from AS Roma last summer.
The South American is still waiting to make his first Chelsea FC appearance following his big-money move last month.
Speaking to Chelsea FC’s website about Palmieri, Rudiger heaped praise on the 23-year-old full-back.
“I just told him, ‘You have to decide for yourself’,” Rudiger said.
“I could have said whatever I wanted, but he had to listen to his feelings. I told him that maybe this chance comes only one time in life.
“I told him about the league. It’s one of the best leagues, and Chelsea is a good club. Of course Roma are a good club as well, but for this kind of decision you must decide for yourself.
“He is a very, very humble guy,’ Rudiger adds. ‘To help him is a duty for me. Me and him were very close in Rome, and I want it to be the same here. I want to be like a big brother for him.”
Chelsea FC lost 4-1 to Watford in the Premier League on Monday night to heap pressure on Italian coach Antonio Conte.
The Blues have suffered defeats in their last two games following a 3-0 defeat by Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge last week.
Chelsea FC will be hoping to bounce back ahead of their Champions League round of 16 clash against Barcelona later this month.
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