Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger calls Kepa 'my brother' as he breaks silence on training ground bust-up on Instagram

ANTONIO RUDIGER has called Kepa Arrizabalaga his 'brother' after finally breaking his silence following their training ground bust-up.

The two Chelsea stars had to be pulled apart during a tempestuous Easter Sunday session.

Boss Thomas Tuchel described the fight as being 'serious'.

But Rudiger has moved to play down the row by calling Kepa 'mi hermano' – which translates to 'my brother' in the goalkeeper's native Spanish.

In a post to his Instagram Story, the German defender shared a picture of the pair hugging during a game, with the caption sprawled across it.

The pair were playing in a small-sided game organised for those who missed out on the 5-2 thrashing at home to West Brom.

Kepa reportedly gave Rudiger 'a few verbals as the match was going on'.

The pair then collided when going for a loose ball which ended up in a shoving match.

Tuchel dismissed Rudiger to the changing room before admitting while the incident was 'serious', neither star would be punished.

The Blues boss said: "We calmed the situation immediately.


"They can happen because everyone is competitive in training.

"They cleared the air and there was nothing left afterwards.

"They solved it in an honest and humble way.

"For this situation, there will be no punishment."

Ben Chilwell and Kurt Zouma later poked fun of the whole incident with a play-fight of their own during a training session earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Chelsea bounced back from their shambolic weekend by beating Porto 2-0 in the away leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

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