Rodrygo to Liverpool transfer reality becomes clearer after Champions League final

Rodrygo of Real Madrid celebrates with the UEFA Champions League Trophy after his team's victory in the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Final match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid CF at Wembley Stadium on June 01, 2024
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Liverpool may have just been given a major boost should they want to sign Rodrygo following the Champions League final. The 23-year-old winger has been tentatively linked with a move Anfield as Arne Slot looks to strengthen his new squad this summer.

Rodrygo, who sees his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expire in June 2028, featured 50 times across all competitions for the Spanish giants this season, scoring 17 goals and providing nine assists. Not only did the Brazil international help Carlo Ancelotti's side win La Liga, but he also crowned Los Blancos as European champions.

On Saturday evening, he led the frontline alongside fellow countryman Vinicius Junior. In stoppage time, Rodrygo was replaced by Eder Militao as Real Madrid looked to defend their two-goal lead over the German giants.

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He's now won three La Liga titles and two Champions League titles since joining the Los Blancos in July 2019. For now, it remains unclear whether or not Rodrygo will leave the Spanish capital this summer, but he's certainly ready for a new challenge.

By joining Liverpool, he'll have the chance to be the face of a new and exciting era at Anfield. Whereas at Madrid, he may never be given the game time or global recognition he deserves – especially with Endrick and Kylian Mbappe expected to enter the frame this summer.

It also must be said that Rodrygo is a left-winger by trade, but at the Santiago Bernabeu he's pushed to the right to accommodate Vinicius Jr. Speaking to Spanish outlet Marca in October 2023, the reported Reds target said: "I've always made it clear that I have the ability to play on the wings, I just don't like playing as a nine, although at my club I have to do it. In Brazil, I have more freedom to move."

Speaking to DAZN in the build-up to the Champions League final, Rodrygo left the door open to a move. He said: "Yes. Well... anything can happen. I have a contract here, but I don't know. The years I've been here have been a pleasure for me."

Shortly after the interview, Rodrygo clarified his comments on social media. Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, the Brazilian wrote: "A very annoying situation occurred today, where one of my interviews was completely taken out of context.

"To be very direct, I am VERY happy at Real Madrid, I live a dream every day and it does NOT cross my mind to leave the club of my life! Now we continue with history to make. By 15. HALA MADRID AND NOTHING MORE."

The Real Madrid forward's stance was once again reiterated after the final with Rodrygo telling reporters: "Of course, I'm going to stay at Real Madrid. Why should I leave? I'm staying."