Pep Guardiola dodges Rodri question and rules out Asensio move

Atletico Madrid star Rodri is reportedly close to joining Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola claims he has "no idea" about the rumours.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.   -  Getty Images

Pep Guardiola saluted Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri as a "great player" but claimed ignorance about Manchester City's apparent pursuit of him.

Spain international Rodri has been strongly linked with City in recent weeks since he reportedly told Atletico he intends to leave the club during the close-season. A deep-lying midfielder in the Sergio Busquets mould, Rodri enjoyed a fine first season at Atletico following his EUR 20 million move from Villarreal last year.

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Reports claim City will trigger his EUR 70m (GBP 63m) release clause, which would make Rodri the club's record signing. However, Guardiola was guarded when asked if the Atletico academy product was heading to the Etihad Stadium.

Speaking at a presentation in Barcelona, Guardiola told reporters: "I've no idea [if Rodri is going to City], you'll see. He's a great player."

Guardiola was rather firmer about tentative links with Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, though, adamant a move is not on the cards. "There is no chance that City will sign him," he said.

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