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Rodrygo is better than Vinicius Jr. claims Cadiz legend ahead of Real Madrid clash

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Real Madrid will resume their La Liga campaign on Sunday as they take on Cadiz at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.

Speaking ahead of this encounter, Cadiz legend Pepe Mejias, widely regarded as one of the best players to ever play for the club, heaped praise on Real Madrid’s Rodrygo.

Rodrygo is better than Vinicius: Mejias

The former Spanish midfielder even went as far as to say that Rodrygo is a far better player than Vinicius Junior, who is often compared on the lines as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

“For me, Rodrygo is much better than Vinicius. He has many qualities such as dribbling, change of pace, he plays easily, he has a goal and I see him, in general, as more of a footballer than his teammate,” Mejias said about Rodrygo (h/t AS).

Mejias’ comments come against the backdrop of Rodrygo’s brilliant spell recently. After a relatively poor start to the campaign, the forward has indeed picked up the pace.

The Brazilian international was instrumental in helping Real Madrid secure a formidable 5-1 win over Valencia just before the international break, racking up two goals and two assists.

Can the Real Madrid star keep up his good form? (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Rodrygo performed well even in the last Champions League group stage game against SC Braga, scoring a goal while assisting another in a comfortable 3-0 victory.

However, his current form aside, Rodrygo has been an excellent servant for Real Madrid since joining the club in 2019.

Although the youngster has not been as influential as his compatriot Vinicius Jr., he is indeed regarded as a key component in Real Madrid’s long-term project.

The praise of Pepe Mejias, therefore, is hardly surprising. Rodrygo, in fact, is set to play a key role as Real Madrid look to beat Cadiz tomorrow and resume the campaign on a positive note.

Mejias, though, is rooting for a Cadiz victory. “I hope that Cádiz can surprise and win. I am seeing Cádiz much more competitive than other teams. Despite some results, it seems to me like a more accomplished team, more First Division,” he concluded.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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