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Real Madrid forward reminisces heroics vs Chelsea ahead of UCL tie: “My career took off”

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At the young age of 22, Rodrygo finds himself to be one of Carlo Ancelotti’s favourite weapons at Real Madrid. The Brazilian international is capable of playing as a winger, striker, and false-nine based on the team’s system and his versatility only pumps up his value.

In 24 La Liga appearances this season, the forward has scored five goals and provided seven assists. Notably, he scored once and provided two assists in his most recent outing against Real Valladolid, which also happened to be his 149th game with the club.

Rodrygo gave an interview about his milestone where he spoke about his development and growth as a player amongst other topics. Here are the snippets from his interview as revealed by AS.

The Real Madrid star was first asked about his feelings about reaching 150 games for the club, which he will do against Barcelona. Speaking on his achievement and special number, he said:

“Those who have known me since I was a child know that I always dreamed of playing for Real Madrid, so to reach 150 official games in this shirt is something I could never have imagined. I’m still as excited as I was on my first day and I’m looking forward to many more”.

The youngster has adapted his game to suit the manager’s requirements time and time again this season and operates as one of the team’s most versatile options. He then spoke about his growth at the club and the difference between the Rodrygo of 2019 and now, saying:

“This one is much more mature, stronger in the head to make decisions, better in everything. Every year I approach it with the decision to improve on the previous one and I’m working on it.”

Rodrygo has already surpassed his record for the most goals in a season this term and is equal to his highest-ever assists in a season. Yet, he showed the hunger he had to improve and succeed and paid no heed to his achievements so far.

“I want to increase my goals and assists. Improve, improve and improve.”

Real Madrid play Chelsea later this month in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League. Last season, it was Rodrygo’s winner that took Los Blancos past the London-based side and the Brazilian revealed that his special goal against Chelsea was the moment that changed his life.

“For me it’s a very special duel, because I always say that last year’s quarter-final was a turning point for me. From then on, my career took off. To be able to face Chelsea again in the same round is something very special. I hope I can score and help as much as possible,” he said.

Finally, the youngster spoke about his path and goals ahead and gave a brief overview of his performance last season, saying:

“Last season was very special for me, as everyone knows. But I want more, to surpass even those moments. I continue to work together with my teammates to win as many titles as possible.”

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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