Widely expected to be called up to Spain’s U21s for the upcoming Euros, Rodrigo wasn’t on the list published, and it’s believed to have come from the player’s end.
According to AS, the Atlético Madrid midfielder went back on his availability for the upcoming tournament in Italy, ‘radically changing his mind’, meaning ‘everything now points’ towards him signing for Manchester City.
The Spanish newspaper recall the 22-year-old has a ‘very enticing’ offer from Pep Guardiola’s side on his desk, as the Premier League champions are ready to pay his €70m release clause, having already presented the player with a formal offer.
As things stand, ‘a signature’ is all it would take to make him a Manchester City player for next season, and AS believe this could have been his ‘main motivation’ behind his decision to pull out of the Spain U21s squad.
The outlet go as far as saying that doing so is an ‘ugly move’ by the Atlético midfielder.
They aren’t happy about it, but, at the end of the day, a player has to do what’s best for his career.
If that means missing out on a tournament to secure a huge transfer that could change his life going forward, then why not?