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Brazilian Rodrygo intends to improve ahead of move to Real Madrid

 Brazilian soccer player Rodrygo of Santos FC during a team's training session in Santos, Brazil, June 5, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/Fernando Bizerra Jr

Brazilian soccer player Rodrygo of Santos FC during a team's training session in Santos, Brazil, June 5, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/Fernando Bizerra Jr

Sao Paulo, May 13 (EFE).- Brazilian young winger Rodrygo Silva de Goes, best known as Rodrygo, said Monday that he tries to evolve ahead of his anticipated move to Real Madrid in the summer.

It was officially announced in June that Rodrygo will join the Spanish side in the summer of 2019 on a transfer from Brazil Santos FC, as he will have reached the legal age requirement.

“From the first day I seek to grow in all aspects, raise my level, I have to be at the level of (Madrid’s) players when I get there,” the 18-year-old said at a press conference in the Brazilian coastal city of Santos.

The winger believes that his responsibility at Santos FC increased after the announcement of the Madrid deal, but he also thinks it was a normal pressure that he was able to deal with it in a good way at his Brazilian club.

Four matchdays into the Brasileiro Série A league, Santos holds the second spot in the standings, behind Palmeiras and ahead of São Paulo on goal difference, as the three of them have 10 points.

Rodrygo shone during his side’s game against last-placed Vasco da Gama on Sunday, scoring a goal and assisting on two others, leading Santos to a 3-0 triumph.

The young player said he wanted to make the most of his good moments with Santos in the recent weeks to leave the club at the highest ranking possible in the table.

“We play all the games thinking of winning, of being the leaders, I'm going to take advantage of my little time left to leave Santos in the lead, it's one of my objectives,” Rodrygo said.

He is set to complete his move to the La Liga team at the beginning of July.

During the press conference, he talked about the experience of having visited Real Madrid’s home-ground, Santiago Bernabeu and having met some of its players, such as Luca Modric and Karim Benzema.

However, he lamented the fact that he did not have the opportunity to meet with the team’s French coach, Zinedine Zidane.

With regards to the Argentine coach at Santos, Jorge Sampaoli, the Brazilian player praised the collective work of the team under the coaching staff, maintaining the good relationship he has with his current manager.

“Sampaoli is a coach who has a lot of experience in Europe and, as I go there, he always gives me advice so that I can evolve a lot,” he said.

The rising Brazilian star also added that he has already started to miss the club where he was raised, and that he would miss it much more once he leaves, although he does not rule out a return to Santos in the future.

“Of course, it's a dream I have, I cannot promise, because you never know what will happen tomorrow, but I miss it already and I'll miss it much more when I leave,” Rodrygo added. EFE

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