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Rodrygo talks Mbappe amid Real Madrid rumours: “The sooner, the better”

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Heading into the 2023-24 season, Rodrygo Goes can expect to feature as a full-time starter. The youngster indeed does not yet have a niche on the lineup, but the dire situation does not leave Carlo Ancelotti with any option other than to adjust with the limited players.

Come June, he will have more chances under his belt and the onus will be on Rodrygo to prove his worth and come good. After all, he is yet to maintain a consistent level since his move to the club.

The Brazilian phenom spoke to the media during the International break as revealed by AS and covered a plethora of topics including his role in the team, Carlo Ancelotti’s future and the transfer rumours surrounding Real Madrid. Here are the snippets from his interview.

Rodrygo first ranked Kylian Mbappe’s potential move to Real Madrid on a scale of one to ten and did not hesitate in claiming that the club needed a player of his profile. However, he understandably held himself back from commenting any further.

“For me, a 10 because he is a phenomenon, one of the best players in the world. Right now we need a player in that position, the sooner, the better. I am excited that Mbappé is coming, but he has a contract, he is in Paris, and we must respect him.”

The next topic of discussion was his new jersey number, which was revealed earlier this week to be the number 11. He claimed to be ready to take the responsibility and carry the weight the prestigious number brought with it, saying,

“It’s natural to take that responsibility. Every season we must have a more important role in the team, even more so now that Karim will not be there.”

Rumours linking Carlo Ancelotti and the Brazilian National Team have again exploded in recent days. The Italian manager’s future is thus under a cloud of doubt, and Rodrygo gave his two cents on the matter.

“It’s difficult because he has a contract next season with Real Madrid, and the next one we trust the president of the CBF a lot, we’ll see what happens.”

Finally, Rodrygo’s interview concluded with a question about the racist incidents in La Liga and Vinicius Jr’s claims of Spain being a racist country. The protege accepted that he had witnessed the events first-hand but refused to call the country racist.

“I hear a lot saying that Spain is racist. I live here, and I can say that Spain is not a racist country. Racism is in the person who chooses to be. Yet, we did see how an entire stadium shouted “monkey”, and it was very sad for everyone, especially to see him knocked down later in the locker room when he had been expelled. I have also suffered racist gestures.”

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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