The Real Madrid youngster believes that he was unfairly overlooked by Jose Mourinho and hopes he can thrive by learning from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 20-year-old Spanish winger, who scored twice against the USA in Friday's FIFA U-20 World Cup clash, is considered one of Los Blancos' brightest prospects. Despite making 38 appearances and scoring 22 times for the reserves last season, though, Rodriguez did not turn out once for the senior team, and he believes that the Chelsea manager overlooked the club's youngsters during his three-year reign at the Bernabeu.
"Maybe last year the club thought that they don't need to have more youth players and Mourinho thought he needed to sign players from outside the club," Rodriguez told AS. "I think maybe I deserved more opportunities. Anyway this was what Mourinho thought, and he isn't here now, so let's what will happen in the future and what the new coach thinks."
Rodriguez went on to say that he thoroughly enjoys the atmosphere at Estadio Santiago Beranbeu and that he hopes to learn from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
"[Alberto] Toril, as with [Aitor] Karanka, has been instrumental in my career thanks to his work this season and has taught me a lot training with me every day," Rodriguez said. "I have a very good relationship with all the first team players - Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Alvaro Morata, Xabi Alonso. I've spent the most time with Ramos.
"I look up to Cristiano Ronaldo in the dressing room. It's impossible not to. He's one of best players in the world and I have a lot to learn from him."