Man City sign Spain global Rodri for club record fee

Tuesday, 09 Jul, 2019

"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".

Spain global midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez has ended his contract with Atletico Madrid by paying the 70 million euros (79 million United States dollar) buyout clause.

However, the 34-year-old, now with the national team in Brazil for the Copa America final, struggled with injuries towards the end of last season.

"I saw him when he started when I was little and I am close to him (in style), but I also have other skills". I look for the challenge on the sporting front and that is why I moved here.

Now, it's been confirmed that Manchester City have triggered Rodri's release clause on Wednesday afternoon. "That says this team is growing every year". There was no doubt for me.

"It's important for me". I think they are just a small step away from reproducing that in Europe.

"Of course, there were more teams". I am really proud of that.

"Of course, there were more teams interested, and I'm really proud of that, but I've made a good decision. It is the place I wanted to be".

Rodri, who has played alongside Busquets for the national side, hailed the Barcelona star but admits he can see the similarities between the pair.

City had made Rodri one of their main targets this summer, with Guardiola keen to sign a defensively minded player to bolster the Premier League champions' squad.

Those impressive performances alerted Manchester City, with the player reportedly having a €70million release clause.

"I am not coming here because Pep is Spanish".

"I like this football so I like watching City games and learn".

"The way coaches make you improve means a lot". I am a footballer, playing football.