Rodri: "Manchester Is Becoming More Blue"
Manchester City's record signing Rodri has fired an early shot at Manchester United by insisting the city is becoming "more blue".
Pep Guardiola secured Rodri's services for £62.5 million and the luxurious Spanish midfielder has wasted no time in throwing shade at cross-town rivals United.
He believes the club have changed the game not just in Manchester but also in England, while taking a dig at United by saying the city is blue.
"For me, there were no more options once I noticed that the club was interested in me," he said.
"There was no doubt for me. It was very clear for me to decide to come here.
"This is one of the greatest teams, the coach, Pep, Txiki (Begiristain, director of football) - for me it is a great step.
"Of course, there were more teams. I am really proud of it, but I have made a good decision. It is the place I wanted to be.
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"I think City this last five or six years has changed the story of the football here, not only in Manchester, but England.
"I love Manchester. I talk with some guys and I think it is becoming more blue. I choose because of the football challenge and the way these last two years they win lots of things. This team is growing every year."
The 23-year-old has been described as the "perfect fit" for Guardiola's side by City's director of football Txiki Begiristain.
"Rodri has proven himself to be a hugely talented, young midfielder, who has all the attributes we are looking for," he said.
"He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession.
"He is a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola's team, and we are confident he will be a success."
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