Man City make €70m Rodri their record signing

English champions Manchester City have activated Spanish midfielder Rodri's £62.8 million release clause.

Atletico Madrid confirmed that Rodri's lawyers and City representatives paid the release clause to La Liga on Wednesday.

City secured a club-record deal for Atlético Madrid midfielder Rodri on Thursday, who is expected to takeover from Fernandinho in Pep Guardiola's strongest side.

City's previous club record signing was the £60mn they paid Leicester for Riyad Mahrez in 2018.

"I hope this year we get the same or more success as the last two years", said Rodri at joining City, who won a first ever domestic treble of trophies in England last season. "It is a style that excites me, as do the Club's ambitions", he added.

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"Manchester City has deposited the amount of the termination clause on behalf of the player". Yes, I'm starting to prepare myself for coaching badges but full-time coaching is not what I'm thinking now. I want to learn and grow as a player. "With his coaching, I am going grow here". I meet with him in the academy when I was very young in Atletico.

City said the defensive midfielder, seen as a long-term successor to 34-year-old Brazilian Fernandinho, would play in the number 16 shirt.

Malian worldwide Kone and Mendes made 55 Ligue 1 appearances between them last season as Lille finished second, three points clear of third-placed Lyon. However, last season was considerably tougher for the Cityzens, as they went toe-to-toe for the title with Liverpool.

He also made his debut for Spain against Germany in March previous year and has a total of seven caps to his name as well as 14 for La Roja at youth level.

The squad number was used by Argentine forward Sergio Aguero, who also joined from Atletico Madrid, from 2011 to 2015 and has been vacant since.

  • Lawrence Cooper