Goal Brasil this week features an interview with Fulham striker Rodrigo Muniz, in which the 21-year-old talks about his happiness of achieving promotion to the Premier League in his first year at the club.
It turns out that besides his comments on the campaign he just had with the Cottagers, the player also spoke of his decision to join the club last summer.
Rodrigo Muniz claimed the move to Fulham had a big influence from former Atletico Madrid and Chelsea fullback Filipe Luís. They were both at Flamengo when the Whites offer arrived, and there the experienced player advised him of signing with the Championship side.
The quotes are not on Goal’s story, but were published by their reporter Raisa Simplicio on Twitter.
“He talked a lot with me, he was a key part of my coming here,” Rodrigo Muniz told Goal.
“Because when the Dubai proposal arrived, it was a salary that could change my life, that of my family. I really wanted to go there, I talked to Filipe and said that it would be important for me.
“He told me to be calm, that I was supposed to come to Europe because here was my place. He talked to me for weeks giving me this tip and he was a key piece for me to have chosen to come here.”
Rodrigo Muniz also talked about the tactical difference there is between Brazilian and English football, claiming he now has a more defending role to fulfil at Fulham.
“Here the attacker has to mark the midfielder. If there’s a gap, he finds the pass and then it becomes difficult, the team goes wrong. In the beginning it was complicated. I arrived, I thought I wouldn’t feel it, but I did.”