Declan Rice names this treble winning Manchester City ‘top player’ as his role model
Declan Rice has named Manchester City's Rodri as his role model and claims that the Spanish player is a top player.
Rodri, Declan Rice (Source: via Reuters and X)
Declan Rice has named Manchester City player Rodri as his role model. “What a player he is, the way he works, the way he keeps that Man City team ticking,” the Englishman said, showing his admiration for the Spanish midfielder. Rice has already established himself as one of the best midfielders in the league.
This is why Arsenal had to break the bank and pay West Ham upwards of £105m for the player. At the age of 24, the player has his whole career ahead of him, which gives him plenty of time to learn from the best. In an interview, Declan Rice hailed Manchester City’s Rodri as the best in the league.
“Obviously the main one in the Premier League is Rodri, he’s incredible”, he stated. Rodri has played an immense role in Pep Guardiola‘s success in the Premier League and also scored the winning goal in the Champions League final against Inter Milan. He operates in a similar role to Declan’s at Arsenal.
In the middle of the park, the player is expected to connect the defense with the attack and also to break the opponent’s counter-attack. The Spanish midfielder is calm on the ball and has been a mainstay in Pep Guardiola’s side. Rodri has never played less than 30 games a season in the Premier League since his arrival, showcasing Pep’s faith in the player.
Pep was highly criticized for leaving the player out against Chelsea in the Champions League final, a mistake he never made again. Declan Rice has picked an incredible role model in Rodri and will hope to replicate the Spanish midfielder’s influence at Arsenal.
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Rodri joined Manchester City from Atletico Madrid for £62.5m breaking Manchester City’s transfer fee record. Unhappy with Diego Simeone’s style of play, the player was more than happy to join Pep Guardiola’s side, which was looking to replace an aging Fernandinho.The Spanish midfielder joined Manchester City with a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
Only 23 at the time, he was already labeled the natural heir to Sergio Busquets, who was 30. Back in 2019, Pep Guardiola praised the player, stating, “(Rodri) is a young player who is going to be important for the next five or six years.” Four years since the quote, a three-peat of the Premier League title and a treble season later, Pep Guardiola was not wrong about his belief in the player.
Rodri and Manchester City will be looking to repeat last season’s success as they aim to be the first team to win four Premier League titles in a row. The club will also look to win the Champions League title again, being the only English side to win the title twice in a row since its rebranding.
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