04 Jul Rodri joins Man Metropolis: Atletico Madrid midfielder indicators for club-record €70m
The Premier League champions have introduced the arrival of the 23-year-old Spain worldwide after triggering the buy-out clause in his contract
Manchester Metropolis have confirmed the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid for a club-record transfer charge of €70 million (£63m/$79m).
Metropolis triggered the buy-out clause within the 23-year-old’s Atleti contract after convincing him to maneuver to the Etihad Stadium.
The Spain worldwide has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League champions.
“What Metropolis have achieved within the final two years has been superb and I’m wanting ahead to being a part of such a gifted squad,” Rodri, who will put on the No. 16 shirt, instructed Metropolis’s official web site.
“It’s not simply the titles they’ve gained, however the best way they’ve managed it, taking part in attacking football always.
“It’s a mode that excites me, as do the membership’s ambitions.
“I can’t wait to start out working with Pep Guardiola and my new team-mates and hopefully we will obtain nice issues collectively.”
Txiki Begiristain, Metropolis’s director of football added: “Rodri has confirmed himself to be a massively gifted, younger midfielder, who has all of the attributes we’re in search of.
“He works onerous defensively, makes himself obtainable to obtain the ball and makes use of it nicely when in possession.
“He is an ideal match for Pep Guardiola’s team and we’re assured he will probably be a hit.”
Metropolis recognized Rodri as their No.1 goal for the deep-lying midfield function in direction of the tip of final season, and had been assured of wrapping up his signature way back to April.
The midfielder had second ideas about his future in June as Atleti made efforts to signal him to a brand new contract, whereas Bayern Munich additionally made a critical try to carry him to Bavaria.
However the prospect of working with Pep Guardiola performed a key half in his resolution making, and the 2 males talked at size simply earlier than Rodri communicated his resolution to Atleti boss Diego Simeone.
The seize of Rodri brings Metropolis’s lengthy and troubled seek for a defensive midfielder to an finish.
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The Blues failed of their try to signal Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk in January 2018, earlier than a transfer for Jorginho fell by regardless of agreeing private phrases with the participant and a transfer charge with Napoli. The Italian membership later refused to promote to Metropolis, insisting he go to Chelsea as a part of the deal that took Maurizio Sarri to Stamford Bridge.
Metropolis additionally noticed a transfer for Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong hijacked by a last-minute, big-money intervention from Barcelona.
However sources near Guardiola’s teaching workers insist they’re delighted to get their palms on Rodri, who has lengthy been seen as Spain’s successor to Barcelona lynchpin Sergio Busquets.