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Rodriguez desperate to prove his worth after sealing big-money Milan move

4:45 PM GMT+8 10/06/2017
Ricardo Rodriguez Milan Serie A
Having completed his move from Wolfsburg, the full-back is keen to help return the Serie A club to the Champions League

Ricardo Rodriguez has vowed to give his all to Milan as the Serie A giants aim to secure a return to the Champions League next season.

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Switzerland defender Rodriguez officially joined Milan on Thursday, signing a four-year deal at San Siro after finalising a move away from Wolfsburg for a reported €17million.

The 24-year-old is Milan's third signing since Silvio Berlusconi sold the club to Chinese consortium Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux in April for €740m, and Rodriguez is determined to help the club return to its former glory.

"I'm happy to be here and play for this great team," Rodriguez told MilanTV .

"I'm going to play anywhere on the field where the coach wants me to. In a back three or in a back four. I want to play and I'll do everything to show I'm worthy of this club.

"I can't wait to play in the Europa League. I will do my best. We also want to do well in Serie A and get back into the Champions League, we will do everything to play in it.

"I'm really happy to be here and eager to get to know my team-mates. There are many South American players, I'm sure we are going to get along."

Rodriguez enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence at Wolfsburg but struggled for form last term as the Wolves slumped to a 16th-place finish, only retaining their Bundesliga status thanks to a relegation play-off victory over Eintracht Braunschweig.

Nevertheless, Rodriguez was not to be denied a move to one of Europe's most historic clubs, and the full-back - who will wear the number 68 - expressed his delight at following in the footsteps of some of great players.

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"I admired many players who made history at Milan. I loved [Gennaro] Gattuso and also Ronaldinho. So many legends played here," he continued.

"I have already played at San Siro, it's incredible that it's going to be my home stadium and I get to play in such a beautiful stadium.

"I picked it [the number 68] because it's the year my mother was born."