CITY COMPLETE RODRI DEAL

Thu 04 Jul 2019, 12:04 PM

Manchester City are delighted to announce the signing of Spanish midfielder Rodri.

The 23-year-old joins on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid and follows Angelino to become Pep Guardiola’s second signing of the summer.

A defensively minded midfielder who is most at home sitting in front of the back four, Rodri has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting prospects.

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And with the deal complete, he revealed his admiration for a club he believes is the perfect place to continue his development.

“What City have achieved in the last two years has been amazing and I’m looking forward to being part of such a talented squad,” he said.

“It’s not just the titles they have won, but the way they have managed it, playing attacking football at all times.

“It’s a style that excites me, as do the Club’s ambitions.

“I can’t wait to start working with Pep Guardiola and my new team-mates and hopefully we can achieve great things together.”

Txiki Begiristain, City’s Director of Football added: “Rodri has proven himself to be a hugely talented, young midfielder, who has all the attributes we are looking for.

“He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession.

“He is a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola’s team and we are confident he will be a success.”

Born Rodrigo Hernandez Cascante, City’s newest recruit supported Atleti as a boy and progressed through the academy ranks before departing in 2013 to complete his youth development at Villarreal.
One of their most highly rated youngsters, he made his debut in December 2015, aged 19 and went on to represent the Yellow Submarine 84 times in three seasons.

Combining an impressive reading of the game with great touch, Rodri won admirers for his ability to break up opposition attacks before setting up his own with his thoughtful range of passing.

It was enough to earn a return to Atletico, who brought him back last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £20 million and it was at Wanda Metropolitano where he further enhanced his reputation.

Standing at 6’3 and with his technical ability and tactical understanding of the game both equally impressive, Rodri has been compared to Sergio Busquets.

He helped Atleti lift the 2018 UEFA Super Cup with a 4-2 victory over Real Madrid and went on to play 47 times, scoring three goals as his home-town club finished second in La Liga.

At international level, he has won six caps for Spain and was part of the U19 squad which won the 2015 European Championships, where he was named in the team of the tournament.

Everyone at Manchester City welcomes Rodri to the Club and wish him all the best during his time here in Manchester.

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