Manchester City break transfer record to sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid

Rodri Atletico Madrid 2018-19

The Spanish midfielder joined the club on Thursday from Atletico Madrid after paying a 70 million euro buyout clause on Wednesday, reports Efe news.

Rodri revealed that conversations with his global teammates about Pep Guardiola, as well as the Man City boss's impressive record of improving players helped persuade him to move to the club.

The fee for the Atletico academy graduate surpasses City's previous record of £60m in signing Riyad Mahrez in 2018.

"I think City this last five or six years has changed the story of the football here, not only in Manchester, but England".

In previous years, Manchester United were the area's biggest attraction for top players, but Rodri feels that is changing with City now a powerful force. Barcelona players - and Thiago (Alcantara) at Bayern - told me, 'He's like this and he acts like that'.

"I am a lucky guy because I have been playing with lots of teams different kind of playing". I meet with him in the academy when I was very young in Atletico.

He added: "He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession". Fernandinho is crucial to the way Pep Guardiola wants to play and we saw how they have struggles when he's been absent the past few seasons.

Rodri will be expected to provide competition for Fernandinho, while further strengthening the midfield options for Pep Guardiola's side.

Rodri is the English champions' first major acquisition of the summer, with American goalkeeper Zach Steffen's summer move having been confirmed midway through last season.

Rodri moved to the Wanda Metropolitano from Villarreal last summer for an up front payment of €20m and the Rojiblancos have made a significant profit on their original outlay.

The squad number was used by Argentine forward Sergio Aguero, who also joined from Atletico Madrid, from 2011 to 2015 and has been vacant since.

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