19 Jul Man City information:’They call him another Sergio Busquets’ – Pep Guardiola has high hopes following Rodri’s introduction
The prior Atletico Madrid and Villarreal child gave a fantastic account of himself because his new unwanted hit four ago West Ham on Wednesday
Pep Guardiola implied that contrasts between Rodri and Barcelona good Sergio Busquets might not be wide of the mark following the midfielder made a accomplished debut for Manchester City.
Having transferred from Atletico Madrid at a club-record $70 million (#63m/$79m) bargain, 23-year old Rodri made his initial appearance in a City shirt in Wednesday’s Premier League Asia Trophy battle.
The Premier League winners had little difficulty in dispatching West Ham 4-1 at Nanjing, with Raheem Sterling netting twice off the seat subsequent goals from David Silva and Lukas Nmecha at the first half.
Rodri appeared comfortable in the center of the pitch despite being tasked with marking the energetic Michail Antonio, and following the match Guardiola shared his ideas on his young compatriot.
“He’s a young, average defensive midfielder who believes very fast. I expect he’s here for quite a while,” Pep explained to colleagues.
“Rodrigo is tall, which for a brief side like ours is quite excellent. He’s good at set-pieces but we did not buy him .”
The Spain international’s signing is a part of a regeneration procedure moving on behind the scenes in the Etihad Stadium focusing on that the signing of prospective stars.
Indeed, of the three new faces caused so much this summer Zack Steffen, that had been instantly released on loan to Fortuna Dussledorf after his birth from Columbus Crew, is the eldest 24.
Pep expects to keep that youth-oriented recruiting policy and sees amazing things in his new midfield lynchpin.
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“Ever since we came here we’ve attempted to purchase players that are 21, 22 or 23 years old,” he added.
“[Rodri] is a Spain nationwide team participant and now there that they call him’another Busquets’. I believe he’s a really good player.”
Rodri played just one year with Atletico later going from Villarreal in 2018, also missed only a few of his team’s Liga fittings since they grabbed second position behind Barcelona.