Rodri leaves Atletico as Manchester City pay his release clause

Rodri leaves Atletico as Manchester City pay his release clause

Pep Guardiola's first major signing of the close season is imminent with Rodri set to join Manchester City from Atletico Madrid.

The 22-year-old Spanish defender was previously at City, having signed for the club from Deportiuvo La Coruna in 2014.

Manchester City are set to sign Atletico Madrid's Rodrigo Hernandez for a club-record 70 million euros after activating the midfielder's release clause on Wednesday.

Sport report the Premier League champions have already deposited the player's €70m release clause, which means he's no longer an Atletico Madrid player by ownership.

"The player has therefore unilaterally terminated his contract with our club, which ran until June 30, 2023".

Atletico confirmed that City has paid the $79 million fee which automatically terminates Rodrigo's contract with the Spanish club.

"Rodri closely resembles what Busquets is", Manchester City's assistant coach said recently.

"Manchester City has paid the buyout clause on behalf of the player". "Few people read the game alone".

Rodri only joined Atletico from Villarreal a year ago, signing a five-year deal as he returned to the club he represented as a child.

He made his global debut in a friendly against Germany past year and has made six senior worldwide appearances.

In total he made 47 appearances for Los Rojiblancos in all competitions during the 2018-19 campaign, scoring three times.

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