The past month or so has seen the Spanish press strongly push Manchester CIty’s interest in Atlético Madrid’s Rodrigo, to the point where it was last reported all the player had to do was sign the contract in front of him to make the move official.

However, that hasn’t happened yet, mostly because the player, speaking to Deportes Cuatro, relayed by Mundo Deportivo, is mulling things over.

He said: “I’ve asked the club for some peace, for them to give me some space. It would be hypocritical to say I can ensure anything. The only thing I can say is that I have a contract with Atlético Madrid, I have a clause, I have conditions and I’m happy here. I can’t say anything else because I don’t know what is going on”.

If the player wasn’t partially swayed by the possibility of leaving the La Liga side, whether it be for Manchester City or anywhere else, this request of his wouldn’t exist.

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This suggest the Premier League champions, among other interested clubs, have planted some seed of doubt in the young midfielder’s mind about remaining in Madrid for an extra year.

The 22-year-old, who signed from Villarreal last summer for just £18m, has a €70m release clause in his contract with Atlético, which the Cityzens are said to be happy to trigger whenever he gives them the green light.

Rodrigo was integral to Diego Simeone’s plans this season, scoring three goals and picking up one assist in 47 appearances in all competitions.