Rodri acknowledges that he was tempted by Manchester City’s rise

Manchester City’s new signing Rodri has acknowledged that the club’s recent success in the Premier League was one of the factors behind the move to the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens have won the English crown in each of the past two seasons under Pep Guardiola and they are now aiming for a hat-trick of league titles.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Rodri admitted that the move to the Citizens is a great step for him, given the club are on the rise on both the domestic and European scale, he said: “I think City this last five or six years has changed the story of the football here, not only in Manchester but England. I talk with some guys and I think it is becoming more blue. I choose them because of the football challenge and the way these last two years they win lots of things. This team is growing every year. For me, it is a great step. I saw Manchester City on TV and imagine one day I play there.”

The Citizens were relatively quiet during the opening month of the summer transfer window but they have now increased their intent with Rodri and Angelino joining the club. While Angelino was purchased from PSV Eindhoven through a buy-back clause on his contract, the Citizens are understood to have paid a club-record fee of around £62.8m to land Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

Pep Guardiola’s team are likely to continue with the spending during the forthcoming weeks and the focus may lie on the heart of the defence. The Citizens currently have a void with the departure of Vincent Kompany at the end of last season and reports have emerged that Harry Maguire could be the player to make the switch. The Citizens may have to break their transfer record for the second time during the transfer window to pursue the England international from Leicester City.