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Valencia dismiss Atletico Madrid move for Rodrigo

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Valencia general director Mateu Alemany revealed that Rodrigo’s transfer to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid is now off the table.

Reports had emerged this week claiming that Atletico were lining-up a shock €60m bid for Rodrigo. It came as a shock to many considering the club had already spent a record €126m in signing Joao Felix.

The 18-time Spain international even struggled for large parts of last season, and ended up with just 15 goals in 51 appearances. Although he did memorably score the winner in Valencia’s famous 2-1 Copa del Rey final victory over Barcelona in May.

But it seemed Atletico wanted Rodrigo and hoped to complete a deal before Sunday’s La Liga opener at Getafe.

However, Diego Simeone’s side have now pulled out with the player reporting back to training at Valencia to prepare for Saturday’s encounter with Real Sociedad at the Mestalla.

“There was the possibility that Rodrigo could be transferred, (but) right now, there is no offer on the table,” Alemany told Mundo Deportivo.

“Those who were offering are now no longer offering, and what seemed like an agreement could not be executed. He is available to train and, at his request, play on Saturday against Real Sociedad.”

He added: “There was a principle of agreement.

“Subsequently, due to circumstances that have nothing to do with Valencia, it did not go ahead.

“The situation, which at that time had to be specified, was between Atleti and Rodrigo. They had spoken and the decision, I think, was not yet taken by Rodrigo.

“I have seen him today and he’s very happy. Between clubs, there was a principle agreement, and right now that offer is no longer on the table.”

Reports have linked Rodrigo with a Valencia exit since last year following a breakthrough 2017/18 campaign. He managed 16 goals and seven assists in 36 league outings to help Valencia secure a return to the top-four.

It prompted rumours of interest from Real Madrid. Nothing came of it, though, with Napoli and Everton allegedly his latest admirers.

While explaining the forward’s absence from training this week, however, Alemany confirmed he wanted to join Atletico.

“When a footballer understands that his departure is near, it is usual for everything to stop,” explained the Spaniard.

“The situation is normal. Everything that was said has not materialised in a concrete offer. Rodrigo spoke with (Valencia head coach) Marcelino and me yesterday afternoon, and wanted to join the team.”

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – AUGUST 04: Kevin Gameiro of Valencia (2nd L) celebrates the first goal with Kevin Gameiro /(L) and Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia (R) during the pre-season friendly match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Valencia at BayArena on August 04, 2019 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)