Germany defender Ruediger leaves Stuttgart to join Roma

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Germany defender Antonio Ruediger is leaving Bundesliga club Stuttgart to join Roma in Italy’s Serie A.

Stuttgart says Ruediger is going to Italy on a season-long loan. Roma has an option to buy out his contract but Stuttgart did not give financial details.

The 22-year-old defender had a right-knee meniscus operation in July and is still recovering. He has played six matches for Germany.