Man City's Rodri opens up on his first year at the club
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Man City's Rodri opens up on his first year at the club

Manchester City midfielder Rodri has opened up on his first season at there club, and he claims it has not been all rosy.

The 23-year-old was signed by the Premier League champions in 2019 to do the critical job in holding midfield that Fernandinho had perfected, 12 months after the club had tried and failed to buy Jorginho from Napoli to fill that role.

"It is my first year [in the league], and that is always extra difficult," he told BBC Sport.

"Coming here to a championship team that had won everything, to have the position that Dinho and [Ilkay] Gundogan had is not an easy task, and also a team that has lots of attacking players and not many defensive players is not easy.

"I've learned quite quickly and fast and it is a big challenge for me.

"Sometimes maybe people think it is easy fitting into this team with these players but trust me when they are all attacking and not many defending it is not that easy so I'm really proud of what I've done this year to get into this incredible team and I want to keep growing."

The Spaniard joined the Premier League champions from Atletico Madrid for £62.8m.

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