Rodrigo comments on Tottenham talk and Manchester United move for teammate

Spanish striker Rodrigo has been discussing his future and that of Ezequiel Garay.

The Mirror claimed earlier this month that Tottenham Hotspur wanted to offer £10 million for Benfica star Rodrigo, a 22-year-old Spaniard.

He already has experience of English football, playing on loan with Bolton at 19, scoring just the once.

Rodrigo has since blossomed, and netted 11 times for Benfica this season, narrowly missing out on three trophies.

So will he be moving to Tottenham? Apparently not, according to comments he made to Fox Sports Asia.

He said: "I will stay at Benfica, was the club that gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level. I want to improve as a player and make a good season."

The player did though indicate one of his teammates could be off, at least based on reports he, like us, has read in the Portuguese media.

Discussing Ezequiel Garay, who is on the verge of a switch to Manchester United, Rodrigo gave his full backing to the former Real Madrid man to succeed in the league he once played in.

He said: "I do not know if he will stay, could be sold to England. He is a good player, smart. He had no luck at Real Madrid, but has showed his real value at Benfica."

Rodrigo's 'snub' to any Tottenham advances is no bad move for the North London club. He is not the prolific or proven striker Spurs require, and is still very much a work in progress, albeit a fast-developing one.

But with him still building his career and trying to shine among a number of Benfica stars, it could have been a gamble for Tottenham to buy him and risk him ending up another Helder Postiga.

image: © Crystian Cruz

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