Real Madrid announced the renewal of Rodrygo Goes on Thursday as the club continue working towards securing the futures of its young stars.
The new deal runs until the summer of 2028 and includes a release clause speculated at €1 billion.
The young Brazilian spoke to the club media after the announcement of his renewal with the club and explored a number of topics including his fondest memories thus far. He began, however, by expressing his delight over the new contract, saying:
“I’m very happy. It’s a very special day for me. I am very happy to return to this room, as when I signed the first time, and do it now for my renewal.”
Rodrygo has always exhibited deep love and respect for the white colours, for it was always his dream to be a Real Madrid player.
Speaking about what it meant to be a Galactico, he said: “I always dreamed of playing here and, when you go in and start wearing this shirt, you really see its greatness. It can be said that Real Madrid is my life.”
“I would like everyone to go through a day like this because it is very special. You have to live it to know it,” he added.
The youngster was then asked about his favourite goal with the team so far, and his response was not surprising.
“My second goal against Manchester City in the semifinal of the Fourteenth. That moment will always be in my memory,” he said, reminiscing about the comeback he helped pioneer at the UCL.
Rodrygo then went on to express his gratitude to the team’s veterans, particularly Luka Modric, for motivating him through his lean patches and pushing him to grow.
“I will always be very grateful to Modrić, with whom I have a very good relationship. At a time when I wasn’t playing so much, he told me to keep working and training because my time was going to come.”
“After that, I got up and trained harder every day. Then my time came. I started playing, scoring goals, and being important to my team,” he added.
Determination and motivation are two critical characteristics required of a professional soccer player. The Brazilian protege, however, maintained that being a Real Madrid player in itself was the biggest motivating factor.
“I always come from home motivated and happy because I’m going to train and play with Real Madrid. That’s my biggest motivation.”
“I learned to never give up in any situation. I always go to the end, I learned that here, with this shirt,” he added, when asked what he learned at the biggest club in the world.
Florentino Perez is one of, if not the most influential and successful presidents in Real Madrid’s history. Speaking on the administrator, Rodrygo said,
“He’s a phenomenon. He is very special and treats us all very well. He always tells me good things, the things I really need to hear. He’s very important in my life.”
Rodrygo is now just 22 years of age, yet has won everything there is to win at the club level. Speaking of the accomplishment, he insisted that he was far from satisfied with the tally and wished to improve upon it.
“It was my dream to win everything, but I didn’t expect to do it in four years. The Champions League, which is the most special, I thought it was going to cost me a little more.”
“I am very happy because I have already won all of them. Now I want to win them again,” he added.
Vinicius Jr and Rordygo have been two peas in a pod since their respective arrivals to the Spanish compatriot. The 22-year-old had words of praise for his compatriot.
“We arrived here almost together, very young from Brazil. We have made history together as well. We have already won a Champions and all possible titles.”
“This shirt always motivates us to come to train and play. Doing that with a friend is always special. I consider Vini a brother and we hope to continue growing together,” he continued.
Commenting on the high standards, expectations, and level at Real Madrid, the young sensation elaborated saying,
“There is no other club as big as Real Madrid. Here you assume you are at the highest level of football. It is an unparalleled team, the top of football.”
The interview then progressed to the topic of personal growth and improvement and the avenues where Rodrygo felt he was the most changed since arriving in Madrid.
“In everything. Now I have much more confidence and much more strength. I also have the confidence of the players who play with me. Physically and technically I have improved everything,” he said.
He also spoke about the excitement and pride his family felt at his achievements and particularly spoke about his father’s excitement.
“My father knows that it was always my dream to play here and wear this shirt. When he sees a video with my goals, everything I have done so far, and my renewal, he gets very excited. It’s a pride for him and I’m very happy to see him like this.”
Finally, the youngster concluded his interview with a special message for the fans at Santiago Bernabeu who motivate him through thick and thin.
“It’s something that has no explanation. Every time I enter the Bernabéu it is one of the most special moments of my career, it is always special.”
“The fans always help us until the end. You have to go in, play, and feel it to know what I’m saying. We have a lot of history together and we will be very happy,” he concluded.
Source: Real Madrid website
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo