Ancelotti saves Rodrygo – AS.com

Madrid wanted to avoid talking about the future in the week of the Wembley final. He did not contemplate anything being whispered about that could divert attention from the true objective: the assault on 15. Neither with the pending renewals nor the signings that are to come, with Mbappé always flying over the atmosphere. Silence stampa with French. Everything was postponed until after the challenge of the 15th. But the distractions came from inside the white locker room due to some statements from Rodrygo in which the Brazilian was doubtful about his future. Ancelotti cut the topic short at the press conference prior to the final. “It is a very important piece for us and will be in the future, we have no doubt.” Case closed. Or at least dismissed.

The storm had broken out on Tuesday, when DAZN published a preview of an interview with Rodrygo on its social networks. A cut in which, asked about his future, The one from Osasco (23 years old) seemed lukewarm.

“Do you want Madrid forever?” journalist Sandra Díaz Arcas asked him. —Yes, well… Anything can happen. I have a contract here but… the years I have been here were a pleasure for me—, responded the Paulista. —Don’t make the Madridistas nervous…—said the interviewer. —No, no, calm down (…) As I said, I always want to be in this club, but let’s see…—the player replied.

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Some disturbing words that confused more than one person. Because only one day before After the publication of those statements, Rodrygo had been much more forceful in his response. “I am happy at Real Madrid. It is the club I have always dreamed of playing for.. Mbappe? It’s a problem for the coach, not for me. I always say the same thing. I always want to play with the best. “I’m going to love playing with him,” he had told El Desmarque during the half day for the Champions League final.

Rodrygo in the shooting session from the edge of the area.

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Rodrygo in the shooting session from the edge of the area that Real Madrid did in the final stretch of training at Wembley.Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Given the commotion generated, the player himself spoke on his social networks, explaining that the interview “was completely taken out of context”. “To be very direct, I am very happy at Real Madrid, I live a dream every day and it does not cross my mind to leave the club of my life. Now we continue with history to make. On 15. GO TO MADRID and NOTHING ELSE!” Rodrygo concluded.

The crux of the matter lies in Monday’s question. The first two reinforcements that will arrive this summer –Endrick and the hypothetical signing of Mbappé– They threaten precisely Rodrygo’s status. In two years, the Brazilian has gone from fighting for a place with Valverde in the Paris final (the fight was won by the Uruguayan, who assisted Vinicius’ goal) to being undisputed for Wembley. However, after a season in which he has scored 17 goals in 50 games but He has only finished 11 of the 42 he started (he is the player most replaced by Ancelotti), seems the weakest link in the face of the upcoming competition.

His coach is clear: Rodrygo is staying. Ancelotti has always confirmed the confidence he has in the São Paulo player and what he brings to the team beyond the scoring moment in which he finds himself. AND Carletto he did not forget to secure his future on the eve of the final. “I know that my players are going to give everything, as is Rodrygo, who is a very important piece for us. He has been, is and will be in the future, about this we have no doubt.” Ancelotti’s word.

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