Rodri pays his release clause to sign for Man City

Rodri is set for a move to Manchester City

Rodri is set for a move to Manchester City

Premier League champions Manchester City are ready to splash £62.5m on Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri's contract after triggering a release clause in his contract.

Rodri has joined English champions Manchester City from Atlético Madrid on a five-year deal.

Rodri is set to become City's record signing, eclipsing the 60 million pounds ($75 million) they paid Leicester City to bring Algeria global Riyad Mahrez to the Etihad Stadium in July past year.

"I chose City because of the football challenge and the way these last two years they have won lots of things. It's a style that excites me, as do the club's ambitions".

Manchester City are losing some iconic players but they are better placed than ever to dominate the Premier League now that so numerous squad are approaching their peak years.

"For me it's a great opportunity".

The 23-year-old enjoyed an impressive debut season at the club, sparking interest from Manchester City.

"It's important for me". Barcelona players - and Thiago (Alcantara) at Bayern - told me, 'He's like this and he acts like that'.

He added: "He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession".

A year ago, Rodri joined Atletico from Villarreal for about a third of the cost City have just paid for him, but the fee does not bother him.

For City, they needed to find a replacement for Fernandinho and they identified Rodrigo as that long-term replacement.

Rodri isn't the first player to leave Atletico Madrid this summer and probably won't be the last either.

Guardiola's right-hand man Mikel Arteta, last month, likened the Spanish worldwide to Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.

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