A few days after announcing the contract renewal of Vinicius Jr., Real Madrid have officially confirmed that another of their Brazilian gems, Rodrygo Goes, has penned a new deal with the club.
“Real Madrid C. F. and Rodrygo have agreed a contract extension for the player, who remains tied to the club until 30 June 2028,” the statement from the club read.
The 22-year-old forward has been with the Merengues since 2019, when he arrived from Santos FC.
Over the past couple of seasons, Rodrygo has grown into a vital player for the Merengues and has now become a permanent fixture in the starting XI this term following the departure of Karim Benzema.
The forward he has made 179 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 39 goals and winning eight trophies in the process – 1 Champions League, 1 Club World Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 2 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey, and 2 Spanish Super Cups.
Rodrygo’s new deal has been agreed upon for a while now, and the club have finally announced the extension for five years until the summer of 2028.
Like with Vinicius, Rodrygo’s contract is also understood to contain a release clause worth €1 billion.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.