Latest Rodri comments fail to shut down €70m transfer talk

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri has failed to dampen down talk that he is heading to Manchester City this summer.

The 22-year-old holding midfielder is believed to be a target for Pep Guardiola, with reports last month suggesting City had put a “formal offer” on the table for the player.

AS reported that City were willing to meet the €70million release clause for the Spaniard as Guardiola looks for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, 34, who has 12 months remaining on his deal at The Etihad.

And the player’s latest comments, despite claiming to be ‘happy’ have done little to quieten the speculation.

In an interview that Rodri gave on Spanish television programme Cuatro via Calciomercato he said: “I asked the club for tranquility, to give me space. I would be hypocritical to say that I can guarantee anything.

“The only thing I can to say is that I have a contract with Atletico Madrid, I have a clause, I have conditions and today I’m happy here.

“I can’t say anything else because I don’t know what will happen.”

Rodri has won six caps for Spain and made 47 appearances, scoring three times in LaLiga last season, catching the attention of Guardiola at the Premier League champions.