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Rodri signs Man City extension and aims for more ‘big titles’

Rodri was hailed as “a manager’s dream” as Pep Guardiola’s midfield lynchpin signed a three-year contract extension at Manchester City.

The Spain international has been hugely influential in his deep-lying role and hit a crucial goal on the final day of the last Premier League season, as City pinched the title with a 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa.

Although he had two years to run on his previous deal, City has moved to banish any doubts about Rodri’s future by tying the 26-year-old to an agreement that runs until the end of the 2026-27 season.

Rodri has racked up 151 games for City and has twice been a Premier League and EFL Cup winner.

He said:

“Joining City in 2019 is the best decision I have made in my career. I have loved every second.

“And I feel supported by the club, and the manager pushes me daily.

“I have improved so much as a player, and I want to thank Pep and all the backroom staff for their help.

“They are entirely committed to helping me become the best player I can be, and I appreciate their hard work.

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Rodri signs Man City extension and aims for more 'big titles'

“We have been very successful since I came here, which makes me very proud.

“But to be honest, that success has made me even more hungry for me. Once you start winning big titles, you don’t want to stop.

“City, I feel, offers me the best chance of winning trophies.

“And that’s why I am so pleased to stay here for longer.”

The Champions League will be a crucial target for City in the new campaign after their elimination at the hands of eventual winners Real Madrid in last season’s semi-finals.

He had an overall passing accuracy of 91.76 per cent in the competition, with an accuracy of 90.36 per cent in the opposition half, ranking as the best rate among all midfielders with at least 15 appearances.

And he also scored four goals across the season’s final six games, almost out of character.

He is usually a player mopping up and allowing City’s more attacking midfielders to raid forward.

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain told City’s website that Rodri had been an “exceptional” performer.

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Rodri signs Man City extension and aims for more 'big titles'

He said the club was “delighted” to get the extension over the line.

Begiristain said:

“He is the perfect example of what a top professional should be: he has a fantastic attitude, lives his life in the right way, takes care of his body and trains hard every day. That is a manager’s dream.

“And I know Pep loves working with him.”

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