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Real Madrid, Man City were interested in World Cup winner before Chelsea move

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Apart from offering an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham, a recent report from The Athletic has revealed that the Spanish giants were also interested in a move for Enzo Fernandez during the January transfer window.

Considered one of the most talented young midfield prospects in world football right now, Fernandez made a blistering breakthrough at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, helping Argentina secure the coveted trophy while winning the Best Young Player of the tournament award.

Fernandez’s performances for Argentina at the World Cup, coupled with his success at SL Benfica, convinced Chelsea to fork out a whopping €121 million on the midfielder during the January transfer window.

But as per The Athletic, Manchester City, along with Real Madrid were among the clubs interested in the services of Fernandez, shortly before his move to Chelsea.

Real Madrid’s interest in the young Argentine is hardly surprising, as the Spanish giants were looking for midfield reinforcements at the time, especially with uncertainty over the continuity of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

While both these veterans are now likely to extend, it was not the case at the time. Moreover, Dani Ceballos had not enjoyed the same level of turnaround he is enjoying right now, all of which accentuated the need for a fresh new midfielder.

That is where Enzo was an appealing option for Los Blancos. In addition to his youthful exuberance, the Argentine’s work-ethic, aggression and commitment might have made him an ideal long-term replacement for someone like Casemiro.

But Real Madrid did not end up making a move for Fernandez, perhaps due to his mammoth €121 million. The club, instead, are focusing on making a move for Jude Bellingham in the coming summer.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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