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Rodrigo on Manchester, his studies and learning from teammates

City midfielder Rodrigo has openly reflected on life at the Etihad Stadium since signing back in July 2019 in an exclusive CityTV interview.

The 24-year-old has become a key component to Pep Guardiola’s side, and says he is loving his football at the moment.

In particular, he believes that he is in the best possible place to realise his potential and personal footballing ambitions.

He said: “In London, in Manchester, they’re big cities in football culture in our country.

“You have this feeling that you are in the best environment of football, the best quality, and that makes you improve and grow a lot since you were a kid.

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“I’m quite happy with how things are going, I’m very optimistic and I’m very happy of my decision, I’m really happy here.”

The midfield enforcer’s adaptation to the cut and thrust of English football is even more impressive when considering that he continues to work towards a degree in Business Administration and Management alongside his footballing commitments.

But for Rodrigo, studying and academic achievements stand him in good stead whenever he steps onto the pitch.

“Football is a mix, you have to learn about it but you need talent, you have to be a good player," he reflected.

“For me always you have to learn (and) try to listen to people with more experience because once you get older there are things that are more important that you don’t see when you are younger.

“So for me that’s a good point, I always try to learn.”

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One player in particular who the Spaniard has been keen to learn from is fellow midfielder Fernandinho.

But while he clearly has the utmost respect for our captain, he is keen to stress that they bring different qualities to the team.

“He’s a top player, and… we need him because of his experience and quality,” Rodrigo said of the Brazilian.

“But I know we are different players and have different things to show to the team.

“I try to learn from him but not exactly the same, we are different players and do what the manager demands of us.”

Hear Rodrigo go into more detail about his degree, his footballing ambitions and life in England plus his tribute to Kevin De Bruyne by watching the video above.

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