According to MARCA, Rodrygo snubbed Carlo Ancelotti’s handshake after being taken off against Villarreal as he was angry and disappointed with his performance in the game.
Real Madrid faced Villarreal in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 on Thursday night. Rodrygo started the game at Estadio de la Ceramica but was the first one to be taken off ten minutes into the second period.
After being substituted, Rodrygo walked off the pitch and failed to acknowledge Ancelotti and shake his hand on the touchline.
This snub has created headlines as the manager seemed to reprimand the youngster on the touchline, although the Italian tactician downplayed the incident.
Reports earlier today suggested that the 22-year-old Brazilian international has grown tired and frustrated with being a substitute and the fact that he is usually the first one to be subbed off when he does start.
And it was suggested that Rodrygo’s reaction on Thursday night might have been due to the same.
But, MARCA is now reporting that the former Santos forward’s reaction came due to his anger and disappointment with his own performance on the night against Villarreal.
The report states that people close to the forward claim that Rodrygo strives for perfection and was caught up in his anger which led to him forgetting to acknowledge Ancelotti on the sideline.
Real Madrid next take on Athletic Club in La Liga this weekend and it will be interesting to see whether Rodrygo is retained in the starting XI or makes way for someone like Marco Asensio, who had an impact on the game after coming on as a substitute against Villarreal.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.