Rodrigo unaware of Real Madrid interest

The Spanish youngster stated that he is happy with life at the Estadio da Luz, while saying that he is thrilled to have had his debut in the Champions League
By Alberto Pinero

Benfica striker Rodrigo has declared that he is in the dark about Real Madrid's reported interest in his services.

The Spain Under-21 international has been linked with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu after impressing at Benfica during the season, with 16 goals in all competitions.

But Rodrigo, who joined Benfica in a €6 million (£4.8m) deal, claims that he has not been approached by Madrid and insists he is fully commited to the Portuguese club.

"Right now, the only thing I know is that I have three more years left on my contract with Benfica," he told

"Many times, a player is the last person to know what is happening. I am fine in Lisbon and happy, this was a very important season for me.

"I hope that next season will be better, that is the only thing I can hope for.

"I do not know if Madrid have asked about me. But I cannot say anything else.

"I could not say if I would like to return or not, because I am only thinking about Benfica and it is unethical to talk about other clubs.

"I am thankful to Benfica for giving me this opportunity, I think I have repaid that trust with good performances and goals."

Rodrigo also shared his emotions to have played in the Champions League for the first time, where Benfica reached the quarter-finals this season.

"I will never forget my debut in the Champions League, which was against Basel," the 21-year-old added.

"Then, I had the opportunity to be a starter at Old Trafford against Manchester United, and the truth is that, before the match, you look around, and you see players like Nani and Rio Ferdinand...

"It is just that one year ago I was watching those matches on TV and two years ago, I was still in Madrid's youth team.

"It is a very strange feeling because things happen very fast in football. But I have also always said that things happen naturally, I will continue to work the same way, with the same humility, like always, because things have been going well for me and there is no reason to change."

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