Real Madrid-bound Rodrygo looking forward to hearing Santiago Bernabeu chant his name

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Real Madrid-bound Rodrygo is looking forward to hearing his name chanted at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Brazilian signed for Los Blancos last season and will be joining the squad next month. A Madrid fan since his childhood days, Rodrygo made no attempts to hide his excitement ahead of the big move during his interview with Marca.

The forward admitted that it’s not easy to focus on his game at Santos, with Madrid waiting to claim him. But Rodrygo is determined on ending on a high with his current team.

“I’ve tried to focus solely on Santos during this time. Sure it’s difficult to focus on something other than Real Madrid. Knowing you’re a Real Madrid player and not thinking about it is difficult. I’ve tried to think about Santos and keep growing as a player ahead of coming to Madrid.

“The Santiago Bernabeu is beautiful. I knew the stadium from seeing it on TV and I always wanted to play there one day. I always play at the Bernabeu on the PlayStation. It was a dream come true.

“[The stands] were very tall and very beautiful. I used to imagine this whole stadium singing my name, saying ‘Rodrygo, Rodrygo’ and celebrating my goals,” he concluded.

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied his decision to leave Gareth Bale out of the squad was a message to him, with Los Blancos beating Villarreal 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

A brace from Mariano and Jesus Vallejo’s close-range strike ultimately gave the home side all three points, although Villarreal had been on level terms

through Gerard Moreno and created numerous chances before Jaume Costa scored in the fourth minute of injury time.

Despite Karim Benzema being ruled out through injury, Bale was deemed surplus to requirements by Zidane, fuelling speculation that Bale will leave the Bernabeu in the summer.


“I’m the coach, I have to pick the team and that’s all there is to it,” Zidane said.








Watch what else the Real boss had to say on Bale in the video above 



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Bale did not feature in Real's matchday squad for the Villareal clash.

Head coach Zinedine Zidane refused to discuss Gareth Bale‘s future after the Welshman was left out of the matchday squad as Real Madrid claimed a hard-fought 3-2 win over Villarreal on Sunday.

A brace from Mariano and Jesus Vallejo’s close-range strike ultimately gave the home side all three points, although Villarreal had been on level terms through Gerard Moreno and created numerous chances before Jaume Costa scored in the fourth minute of injury time.

Despite Karim Benzema being ruled out through injury, Bale was deemed surplus to requirements by Zidane, fuelling speculation that Bale will leave the Bernabeu in the summer.

“I’m the coach, I have to pick the team and that’s all there is to it,” Zidane said of his decision to leave Bale out in quotes published on the club’s official website.

“You can interpret it as you wish. I need to pick a squad of players and some are going to miss out.”

Mariano bagged a brace in Real Madrid's win.

Mariano bagged a brace in Real Madrid’s win.

Real bounced back from a stunning 1-0 defeat at lowly Rayo Vallecano last week and Zidane added: “We played much better than the other day and I feel much happier now, as do the players.

“We won the game at our ground and I’m pleased. It was a rather end-to-end game and when you’re 3-1 up you shouldn’t be letting them score, but we did. It’s a variety of things, tiredness, the heat, but we didn’t finish the game brilliantly.”

The home side took the lead after just two minutes when former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla dawdled in possession deep in Villarreal’s half, allowing Brahim Diaz to nip in and tee up Mariano, who got between two defenders to stab home.

Moreno equalised in the 11th minute but Vallejo restored Real’s lead before the interval and a brilliant cross from Dani Carvajal gave Mariano an easy close-range finish for his second goal of the game early in the second half.

Speaking about Mariano’s performance, Zidane added: “Of course he’s not had too many opportunities because he’s been injured, he’s been out for a long time. Mariano got his chance to play today and he’s scored twice, I’m happy for him.”

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