Guido Rodriguez has reaffirmed his commitment to Real Betis amid claims Liverpool will make a move for the Argentina international, speaking to Marca.
While neither Betis nor the player himself have shown any interest in a summer switch, that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from spinning.
At the weekend, La Razon reported Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were eyeing a deal for the Argentina international, a tough-tackling, industrious central midfield player who could fill a Gini Wijnaldum-shaped void at the heart of the Anfield engine room.
But Rodriguez has wasted little time in scotching those claims, insisting he plans to stick with a side that qualified for the Europa League this season after recovering brilliantly from an underwhelming start to the Manuel Pellegrini era.
Guido Rodriguez opts for Real Betis rather than Liverpool
“(I’m) very happy,” Rodriguez said. “I had a great season (at Betis) in which we achieved our goals, qualified for Europe, and ended up winning the Copa America (with Argentina).
“I see the (transfer) rumours but I am very calm. I’m happy in Seville. I really want to stay with this group and be able to play.
“When you make an effort like the one we made last season to qualify for the Europa League, it makes you want to stay. That’s what I want to do – play in Europe with Betis.”
La Razon suggested Betis would consider selling Rodriguez, a player with a £68 million release clause in his contract, for as little as £25 million.
However, in July Verdiblanco president Angel Haro said the La Liga outfit was “not considering” cashing in on a man who joined the club from Mexican outfit Club America in January 2020.
You can draw a line under this one, then.
Rodriguez has also been heavily linked with an Arsenal side that, according to reports, has been scouting the one-time River Plate enforcer for 18 months.
But, after signing Albert Sambi Lokonga and retaining the services of Granit Xhaka, it seems the Gunners are looking to bring in a more attack-minded midfielder these days.
A James Maddison, for instance.