Rodri: Manchester City pay £62.8m release clause for Atletico Madrid midfielder

Atletico confirm Rodri’s release clause has been triggered ahead of Man City transfer

Premier League champions Manchester City smashed their transfer record on Thursday with the signing of Spanish global midfielder Rodri on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Manchester City have paid Rodri's £62.8 million release clause, which makes his current contract terminate which was until 2023.

Spanish global midfielder Rodri said the chance to learn from Pep Guardiola was vital to making his club-record move to Manchester City from Atletico Madrid.

City's previous club record signing was the £60mn they paid Leicester for Riyad Mahrez in 2018.

The 23-year-old said: "I think City, this last five or six years, have changed the story of football here, not only in Manchester but the whole of England".

"For me, there were no more options once I noticed that the club was interested in me", he said.

However, according to The Sun, Pep Guardiola is prepared to offer Fernandinho a new 12-month extension, as he feels that the 34-year-old still has plenty to offer City. They told me in Spanish national team, and Sergio told me, that he [Guardiola] likes improving you all the time, he doesn't ever stop, he wants you to be better all the time, so for me it is very important.

"That's one of the things I like most about this coach".

Rodri had been in Atletico's youth ranks before being released and eventually joining Villarreal.

Manchester City are reportedly ready to offer Fernandinho a new contract despite already signing his long-term replacement.

Malian global Kone and Mendes made 55 Ligue 1 appearances between them last season as Lille finished second, three points clear of third-placed Lyon.

City became the first side to claim the English treble of the league championship as well as the FA Cup and League Cup last season. "We are confident he will be a success".

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