Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez explained why he rejected a move to the Premier League in the summer.
Ricardo Rodriguez has grown into one of the world’s leading full-back at present. The player has been courted by many top European clubs including the heavyweights of the English Premier League. The defender appears to be the perfect fit to handle the rigors of the illustrious Premier League as he has the physique and technique to prosper.
The 24-year-old was rumoured to be in the midst of a four-way battle for his signature with Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona interested in the player. While Barcelona signed Lucas Digne and saw the emergence of Sergi Roberto on the other side of the defence, Real Madrid and Manchester United were reported to have switched their attention to other targets.
That left only Arsenal but Chelsea also emerged as a possible destination for the player. Even though both the clubs tried their best, they were unable to secure a transfer for the player with Chelsea signing Marcos Alonso on deadline day.
Ricardo Rodriguez talked to Swiss publication Blick, who asked the player why he failed to secure a move away from the Bundesliga club.
“I guess it was just meant to be this way. God wanted it this way. You just need the right timing for a transfer and it’s a fact that during this transfer window, there were hardly any transfers of players in my position,” the 24-year-old told Blick.
Rodriguez, though, was quick to remind that he is currently contracted with Wolfsburg on a deal that runs for three more years and that he is happy to stay at the club.
He said, “I have a contract here until 2019 and I’ve been here for four-and-a-half years and established quite a reputation within the team. Everything’s good, believe me.”
For now, Ricardo Rodriguez would be looking to keep his head down and put in consistent performances to force an offer from the European elites in future transfer windows.