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Rodrygo talks Vinicius, Benzema, Ancelotti, Barcelona, Liverpool, Casemiro and Marcelo



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As the season has gone on, a certain Rodrygo has gone to become a more important player at Real Madrid. The Brazilian was playing multiple fiddles below Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema, and even Federico Valverde, but has taken a huge step forward since last season.

This season, in the league, Rodrygo has four goals and five assists in just 18 appearances, out of which, 12 have been starts. He has also been on target thrice in the Champions League.

Ahead of Madrid’s game against Elche on 15th, the youngster was in conversation with GOAL, the quotes for which have been relayed by Madrid Universal.

On the Club World Cup: “I think when we are there (South America), it is the most important competition, the one that everyone wants to play, the one that everyone wants to win. You don’t live that so much here, but it is very important. We treat the game very seriously, we play very well, we have given everything in the game, because we didn’t want to lose. Then, to celebrate I think we celebrate it as much as if we were in America.”

On signing for Real Madrid: “When my father gave me the news, I had two shirts: one from Barcelona, and one from Real Madrid. I had to choose. It was very easy for me to choose. But everything was agreed with Barcelona, it was a surprise for me, I did not expect Madrid to come. It was a scare but then one of the happiest moments of my life.”

On Florentino Perez: “I am very happy with him. He is very fond of me, and I am fond of him. The first time we talked was when I came here to know everything. Always very affectionate with me, it was a very special meeting.”

On the Copa del Rey game vs Barça: “It is a title that we have not won in recent years, whether against Barcelona or any other team. We are very motivated and we really want to win it and of course, El Clasico is always very special, it is always special, it is always very difficult to play against Barcelona.

On La Liga: “It’s always possible, we have to believe until the end. I think that, in my first season, we were also far behind Atletico and then we came back. It’s very difficult but we are going to try to go back and win all the remaining games. Let’s see what happens.”

On his position: “In the 4-2-3-1, behind Karim, it’s the position I like the most and everyone knows this. I always talk to the coach. Of course, I can play in all positions, but that’s where I feel most comfortable when it comes to playing. I played a very good game against Elche there.”

On Ancelotti: “My relationship with Ancelotti is very good, it always helps me a lot, he gives me a lot of instructions.”

On Casemiro: “He was very necessary for us, because he always helped us a lot, both on the pitch and off it. We are young, and we need many things, and he, for leading us for a long time. Just like Marcelo, the two of them always helped us and we miss them both.”

On Madrid missing penalties: “I’m always here to take responsibility. As in the World Cup. When they asked who wants to shoot, I was there, and I will always be there. I will never avoid responsibilities.”

On the Liverpool clash: “The game there is going to be very difficult, we already know this. Playing against Liverpool is always difficult whether with or without fans, but at Anfield even more. We are ready.”

On leaving Madrid: “No, I would be loyal to Real Madrid.”

On the next Madrid player to win the Ballon d’Or: “Karim again, and then Rodrygo (laughs).”

On Vinicius: “Vini is very calm, he is always smiling as you can see. On this subject, it does bother us a little, not only Vinicius, everyone in there. But, we feel that we have nothing more to do, we have no more strength. We always talk and nothing changes.”

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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