Quality defensive midfielders are hard to come by in the transfer market. Their rare availability makes them ever so valuable and inflates their price.
Diego Simeone’s philosophy of compact and defensive football and a pivot with incredible defensive prowess is key to their system.
Guido Rodriguez has been a consistent performer in the Spanish League since his arrival in 2020. He has established himself under Manuel Pellegrini and has been an undisputed starter for the Real Betis setup.
According to reports from TNT Sports, talks are underway between Atletico Madrid and Los Verdiblancos for the Argentine international.
Rodriguez has played 27 games for Real Betis in La Liga this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists.
Defensive, he has been astute. The 28-year-old produces one interception, three tackles and 1.5 clearances per game. Moreover, he wins six duels per ninety minutes.
The Argentine has been part of a double pivot for Betis alongside William Carvalho. With them on the field, Real Betis have only conceded 38 goals in 33 matches.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Simeone’s side would be prepared to shell out over €30 million for Rodriguez, an amount that could convince the administration of Real Betis.
Yet, there is a cloud over whether the Madrid based side would really allocate such a big share of their budget on one player.
Rodriguez’s contract at Real Betis runs until the summer of 2024. With two years left on his contract, the Seville based side are under no pressure to sell him.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo