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Rodrygo gives Liverpool clear transfer answer amid Man City links and Kylian Mbappe deal

Rodrygo of Real Madrid with UEFA Champions League trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 final match between Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF at Wembley Stadium on June 1, 2024 in London, England.
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Liverpool and Manchester City have both been linked with Real Madrid star Rodrygo over the past couple of months. The Brazilian appeared to give both clubs a clear answer after the Champions League final.

His second European honor since joining the Bernabeu, having played a major role in both of those triumphs, it's initially hard to see why Rodrygo would be getting linked away at all. But the anticipated arrival of Kylian Mbappe will prompt some major competition for spots, with Wembley goal-scorer Vinicius Jr a pretty unmovable fixture on the wing.

To that end, in April, Liverpool supposedly 'contacted' Real Madrid about the player's availability. And right before the final, it was being claimed that Rodrygo himself was 'aware' of the interest, and in fact he made comments that appeared to leave the possibility of a move away from Real Madrid open.

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As for Manchester City, links have ratcheted up in intensity over the last couple of weeks. Marca claimed the winger was 'in the sights' of Pep Guardiola's team.

Yet in the afterglow of the final, per Give Me Sport, Rodrygo sent a clear message to his suitors. He appears determined to stay, even if it means battling with Mbappe for a spot.

“This week some media said about bids, clubs, interest… I don’t know anything about it and I’m not interested," Rodrygo told reporters. "Even if there are proposals, I have no idea about that… I’m staying. I’m happy here. How can I leave Real Madrid?”

The BBC reported earlier today that Mbappe has now officially signed his Real Madrid contract, which means he will join as a free agent once his PSG deal expires on June 30. The move has been verbally agreed since February, with the groundwork stretching back years.

Liverpool.com says: We've seen big trophy wins influence transfer decisions in the past. Would Steven Gerrard have stayed in 2005 without Istanbul?

In any case, even if Rodrygo had been on the move, Liverpool rarely signs players directly from European giants. Manchester City might have been a more likely destination, so on balance it's probably no bad thing that he intends to stay.

Then again, with the Mbappe situation, it's worth Liverpool keeping a watchful eye on how things pan out. Rodrygo might not be able to contemplate leaving Real Madrid now, on the back of Champions League triumph, but he is too good not to be starting the majority of matches.