Man City transfer news: Rodri provides update on Atletico move – ‘I need space’ | Football | Sport


Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri has asked the club to give him “peace and space”.

The City target is expected to make a decision on his future this week, and Guardiola is hoping to sign Rodri as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

City triggered the Spaniard’s release clause in his Atletico contract after launching a €70m (£62m) bid for the midfielder, it’s been reported.

Rodri has been deciding whether the move to Manchester for around 15 days.

“I asked the club for peace of mind to give me space,” Rodri told Deportes Cuatro.

“It would be hypocritical to say that I can guarantee anything.

“The only thing I can say is that I have a contract with Atletico Madrid, I have a clause, I have some conditions and today I am happy here.

“I cannot say anything else because I do not know what’s going to happen.”

Rodri could become City’s first summer signing this week, if he decides to join Guardiola at the club.

His ability on the ball, as well as his excellent reading of the game, makes him an ideal replacement for Fernandinho.

City have been searching for someone to fill the 34-year-old Brazilian’s boots after he moves on.

Guardiola will be looking for someone that is comfortable on the ball, and can link up the defence and forward-thinking midfield players.

If Rodri decides to stay at Atletico, City may decide to turn their attention to Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.

City would face competition from neighbours Manchester United if they tried to pursue the 22-year-old Frenchman.

He still hasn’t decide where he wants to play football next season, and he revealed that he’s open to a move elsewhere.

“As I told my agents and the club, I’m not fixed yet, I did not make a decision,” he said speaking after France’s international friendly with Bolivia on Sunday.

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