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Rodrygo hails former Barcelona superstar as his idol: “Always special”

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It is common for footballers around the world to idolise players from their nation and hold them as an inspiration. After all, a player’s career is moulded and shaped at the grassroots level which is also the stage when one is exposed continuously to national heroes.

Rodrygo Goes too, similarly, holds Neymar Jr as his idol. The youngster has been very vocal about his admiration of the Brazilian captain and of how he continues to be mesmerised by the Brazilian’s play.

After Brazil’s 3-0 win over Ghana earlier today, the Real Madrid player posted a picture with Neymar on his Instagram with a caption- “Always special playing with my idol.”

The PSG star provided two assists for the Selecao on the night and both the moves were finished by Richarlison. Meanwhile, Rodrygo came on in the 80th minute for Barcelona’s Raphinha who also registered an assist in the game.

Last year, the Real Madrid star was asked to elaborate on why he held Neymar in such high respectd to which he replied,

“(He is) An absolute genius as a footballer, a unique player. And he is an incredible person. In the short time we have had together, he has been a sensational influence on me.”

Rodrygo has had a blistering start to this season, scoring three goals and providing five assists in just four La Liga games. Needless to say, he is making a strong case for Carlo Ancelotti to consider him as a regular starter in the forward line alongside Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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