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Rodrygo talks Kroos, Modric, Ancelotti, Zidane, Champions League final



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Rodrygo Goes has constantly been in the news of late with talks of a transfer away from Real Madrid making the rounds regularly.

After all, many see Kylian Mbappe’s arrival to be the final nail in the coffin for the youngster as he is expected to lose his starting place under the manager.

Despite the noise around his future, however, Rodrygo has remained firm on staying in the Spanish capital and is currently not considering a departure.

Speaking to the media in a recent interview, the Real Madrid phenom opened up on a number of topics including the harmony in the dressing room, his bond with veterans and the upcoming UCL final.

Unsurprisingly, he began his interaction by commenting on the blockbuster fixture against Borussia Dortmund and spoke about his desire to win the title.

“From one to ten, my desire to win this Champions League is a thousand.”

Elaborating on the team’s chances on the night, he said: “It is said that Real Madrid never loses finals, and I hope it will be like that again. I have always seen Madrid win all the finals and I hope it continues like this.”

“I always say a final is 50-50. Of course, because it’s Madrid, they always put us as favourites, but for me, it’s still 50-50,” he added.

The youngster was then quizzed about the veteran players in the dressing room and how they came across to the younger faces.

“The veteran colleagues are crazy. Nacho, Modric, Carvajal, they have been many years and they still want to win like the first day. We feel that they are our replacement,” Rodrygo jovially said.

“Well, we make mistakes and they also tell us. I think they are preparing us, but at the same time, we are already part of that legend too. Real Madrid is a legendary club, with everything it has conquered, and I think it’s time to take centre stage,” he added.

He then gave his two cents on the dressing room atmosphere, especially given the mix of contrasting age groups involved.

“We are all very connected. There is a good mix of experienced and young players. And young people learn a lot from those who have been here for many years and want to continue winning.”

“Since the beginning of the season, it shows that we are a very close team and we fight for the same goal. There are no egos, there is nothing like that,” he confirmed.

Toni Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid at Wembley, and Rodrygo insisted that he was very hurt by the legend’s decision to call it time.

“We are all very sad in the locker room. Sad because he’s going to leave soccer and we’re not going to see him play anymore. It is sad news, but also joyful, for everything we have enjoyed with him.”

“I even more so, because I have played with him and we have won a Champions League together,” he added.

Rodrygo saddened by Kroos’ retirement. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Commenting on Carlo Ancelotti and the impact the Italian coach had had on his career, the Brazilian winger said,

“He is the one who manages those things. He is the one who knows how to manage the locker room and manage what happens in the field. He’s number one in that.”

“I think he has brought out the best in me. He always tries to help me, he talks to me, he tells me what I have to improve. And that’s very good for me. Since he arrived, I think I’m another player,” he added.

Rodrygo also spoke about another legendary manager he has worked with in Madrid – Zinedine Zidane – and narrated the story of his first meeting with the legend.

“When I entered the locker room for the first time I thought I would meet the players, but no. The first person I saw was Zidane, and I was scared. I remember shaking a little when I greeted him.”

Finally, the Real Madrid star made a special mention of his father who left everything behind for his son’s dream.

“My father has helped me a lot. Because we know that nowadays you can’t trust many people from outside, and that’s why having my father taking care of my career was the best thing for me.”

“He already did it since I started, but since he also played, he couldn’t always be close to me. When I grew up and started playing seriously, he realized that I had to be closer, that I had to accompany me in everything. And that’s why he stopped playing,” he added.

“The best advice my father has given me is to keep your feet on the ground. And that is very good for me, not only for my career but for my whole life. It doesn’t matter what happens, you always have to be with your feet on the ground,” he concluded, revealing his father’s golden words.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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