Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for their new acquisition Rodri. The holding midfielder has joined Manchester City this summer for €70million, which was his release clause at Atletico Madrid.
Rodri has been looked up as Manchester City’s long-term solution to replace their veteran Fernandinho.
What’s the Story?
Manchester City are currently on their pre-season tour in Japan where they played their last game of the tour against Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday.
Manchester City won the game 3-1 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Lukas Nmecha.
Speaking after the game Guardiola was impressed by the hard work of his team on the pitch to build fitness for the upcoming season. Here are some of his excerpts from the interview:
“Kevin made another great game,” Guardiola told reporters. “It’s important to have his quality for the vision to make the last pass when the opponent defends in a high line.
“But Rodri was incredible today. We knew it, but today I can assure you we have an incredible holding midfielder for the next decade, or at least the years he will be here with a contract.
“Bernardo [Silva] is back too at his normal level, Sterling continued, and John Stones and Aymeric [Laporte] are back. These guys played incredibly well in the game today.”
Heart of the Matter
Manchester City has been looking to sign a good holding midfielder since last summer when they went close to signing Jorginho. However, Jorginho opted to join Chelsea instead with his former boss Maurizio Sarri.
Pep Guardiola’s wait for a new defensive midfielder has ended this summer after his club agreed to activate the release clause of Atletico Madrid’s Rodri. The Spaniard is widely seen as the long-term successor of Sergio Busquets in the Spain national team.
The new signing has got Manchester City fans excited for their upcoming season, as they see him as the signing that can help them win the prestigious UEFA Champions League title that they are so desperate to win.
Manchester City will now prepare for their Community Shield game against Liverpool on 4 August at Wembley. Guardiola will be hoping to start their season by winning another trophy after his domestic quadruple last season.