Former Spain international Luis Milla has revealed that Atletico Madrid’s Rodri would fit in quite perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s style of play at Manchester City next season. The 22-year-old Spanish midfielder was extremely impressive for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid last season but has been linked with a move to the English champions after just one season at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are in the process of breaking records galore as they became the first club in England to ever achieve the domestic treble this season of the Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup.
However, Liverpool gave City quite the scare in the Premier League as the Merseyside club finished just one solitary point short behind the leaders on 98 points. And Guardiola is now aware that he needs to improve his squad and keep up the intensity in order to maintain his impressive record.
Therefore, the 48-year-old is looking for a few reinforcements and lining up a solid upgrade for the aging Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. The defensive midfielder is already 34 years old and entering his twilight years even though he is an integral player to the current City squad.
The English giants were looking at Spanish midfielder Rodri in order to fill in the boots for Fernandinho and ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder Luis Milla believes that the youngster would be an ideal fit for Pep Guardiola’s team.
While speaking to Omnisport, the 53-year-old who played as a defensive midfielder for the two La Liga giants explained why Rodri would suit into Guardiola’s gameplay effortlessly, “Rodri would fit perfectly at Manchester City because his coach has an Ajax and Barcelona style and looks for the same idea of play. City has a coach that was influenced by Barcelona. Rodri has the ability and virtues to play that way.”
Rodri racked up 47 appearances for the Rojiblancos last season netting thrice as Atletico Madrid finished in 2nd place on the La Liga table behind runners-up Barcelona. Milla went on to add that Rodri’s understanding of the game and ability to read the game would blend in well with Manchester City and Guardiola’s philosophy, “We are talking about a player with the ability to read football quickly. He also understands what he has to do in each moment, he is intelligent, tactically he never loses his position, and he knows how to play a positional game”