Santos forward Rodrygo Goes has revealed that he will be linking up with Real Madrid in July
Real Madrid had apparently agreed a fee in the region of €45m (£40m) for Rodrygo in June to sign the highly-rated teenager. Rodrygo, who turns 18 come January, is not expecting to move to the Bernabeu before the end of the season though. “I don’t believe there is a chance I will leave for Madrid early,” Rodrygo explained in an interview with Gazeta Esportiva.
“It’s agreed that I’m going in July. That agreement is between Santos and Real Madrid. I’m focused on Santos. When I get there, I will think about it. For the moment I just want to stand out with Santos.”
The 17-year-old, who became Santos’ youngest goalscorer with a goal in the Copa Libertadores in March, recently finished fourth in the Kopa Trophy (best U-21 player) standings behind winner Kylian Mbappe. The teenager, with two goals in his last three games, looks set to follow countryman Vinicius Junior to the Spanish capital. Vinicius himself moved for a similar fee from Flamengo in the off-season and has already appeared five times this term.
Madrid signing Rodrygo shows that they are now more open to signing up youngsters, not only from Europe but other continents as well, and it bodes well for the numerous talents dreaming of a move to such super clubs. It also shows that the club are no longer going to just bank on their Galacticos formula and are willing to invest on youth, with a view in the long-term.