“No doubt” – Carlo Ancelotti responds to Rodrygo Manchester City, Liverpool links

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“No doubt” – Carlo Ancelotti responds to Rodrygo Manchester City, Liverpool links

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti insists he has “no doubt” over Rodrygo’s importance amid speculation linking the Brazilian with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Rodrygo remains “very important” to Real Madrid amid interest from Manchester City and Liverpool.

Rodrygo has seen his future become the subject of much speculation despite having a contract until the summer of 2028.

Kylian Mbappe‘s imminent arrival has led to some doubts as to whether Rodrygo will have a place in the starting lineup next season.

Ancelotti could decide to utilise Mbappe and Vinicius Junior in a forward pairing, or switch to a front three to accommodate Rodrygo.

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Ancelotti comments on Rodrygo’s importance

The Brazilian appeared to fuel the rumours when he admitted “anything can happen” in response to a question about his Real Madrid future.

Despite being linked with a Premier League move, Rodrygo has since clarified his earlier comments, stating that his remarks were “taken out of context”.

Nevertheless, Liverpool are believed to be showing an interest, while Manchester City are considering a summer move for the 23-year-old.

Ancelotti has said that he has “no doubts” about Rodrygo’s importance when asked about the player’s situation ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.

“Rodrygo is going to give it all [on Saturday], he’s a very important piece for us,” Ancelotti told reporters in his pre-match press conference. “He has been very important, he is, and he will be in the future, we have no doubt about that whatsoever.”

Real Madrid's Rodrygo on March 31, 2024© Reuters

Rodrygo set to focus upon Champions League final

Rodrygo’s initial comments and subsequent clarification have ultimately drawn some unwanted attention in the lead-up to Saturday’s Champions League final.

The Brazil international will have the chance to do his talking on the pitch when he lines up alongside his compatriot Vinicius at Wembley.

Rodrygo has played an important role in Real Madrid’s European journey, having scored five goals and three assists in 12 Champions League appearances.

In total, the forward has registered 17 goal and nine assists in 50 competitive matches throughout the 2023-24 campaign.

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