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Rodri asks Atletico Madrid for “space” to consider future amid Man City interest

By CJ Smith

Published: 19:00, 5 June 2019

Manchester City target Rodri has asked Atletico Madrid for “space” as he considers his future.

The Spanish midfielder only moved from Villarreal last summer but has been an impressive force in the Atleti midfield, completing 1756 passes and winning 242 duels in La Liga this season – more than any other player at the club.

Rodri set to leave Atleti? Five key things to know…

  1. Rodri joined Atletico Madrid from Villarreal last summer.
  2. The midfielder has been key, completing more passes (1756) than any Atleti player in La Liga.
  3. His form has attracted interest from Manchester City.
  4. Pep Guardiola is seeking a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.
  5. Rodri has now asked Atleti for “space” while he considers his future.

But that form has generated speculation that Pep Guardiola will look to add Rodri to his all-conquering Man City side, with the Catalan tactician in desperate need of a long-term alternative to Fernandinho at the base of his midfield.

And Rodri has now asked the powers that be at Atleti for “space” as he considers his next move.

Speaking to Deportes Cuatro, the 22-year-old said: “I asked the club for peace of mind to give me space.

“It would be hypocritical to say that I can guarantee anything.

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“The only thing I can say is that I have a contract with Atletico Madrid, I have a clause, I have some conditions and today I am happy here.

“I cannot say anything else because I do not know what’s going to happen.”

Fernandinho’s main understudy over the past 12 months has been Ilkay Gundogan, although the Germany international’s future is anything but certain.

Fabian Delph is another option for Guardiola but is expected to leave in search of regular first-team football this summer, while centre-back John Stones has also slotted into midfield for the Citizens.

Atleti are expected to demand that City pay the player’s £62m release clause should they wish to sign one of their prized assets.