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Real Madrid youngster on his first World Cup experience: “It’s a blessing”

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Brazil boast of one of, if not the strongest squads in the World Cup. The Selecao possess players at both ends of the age spectrum, from Dani Alves to Rodrygo who are all equally vital to the team’s success.

The South American outfit confirmed their berth in the Round of 16 with a nervy win over Switzerland yesterday thanks to a goal by Casemiro assisted by Rodrygo.

The latter was interviewed by Brazilian legend Ronaldo last night where he spoke about his first World Cup and what it meant to him among other topics. Here are the snippets from his interaction

The Brazilian legend first asked Rodrygo about how he was enjoying his first World Cup experience, to which the youngster replied,

“It’s a pleasure to talk to you. I’m learning something new every day and it’s a blessing. Things are going really well for me.”

During Brazil’s first two games in the tournament, it became clear that the manager saw Vinicius-Richarlison-Raphinha as his starting front three. However, Rodrygo has impressed constantly in the minutes he has played.

The youngster also spoke about when he would win his first start in the World Cup and said he was ready. “I’m ready. Next game or after that, I am ready,” the 21-year-old insisted.

Rodrygo then elaborated on how he has been a high achiever all his life and its impact on his mentality.

“I joined Real Madrid at 18 years old. There is no time to prepare yourself. I’m always ready for everything,” the youngster added.

The Real Madrid star then gave a glimpse into the issues the players faced on the field against Switzerland, especially related to the pitch condition and ball speed, saying:

“Yes, it was too fast. It was hard to control the ball at times, the pitch being dry favours our style of play more.”

Finally, Rodrygo spoke with Ronaldo about his reunion with Casemiro at the National Team saying,

“Yes, it’s too good. I always talk with Casemiro on the pitch. Casemiro won us the game.”

Source: Official FIFA World Cup Twitter

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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