Rodri says he and Manchester City team-mates must become leaders

Rodri insists he and Manchester City team-mates need to become leaders after Fernandinho’s departure left senior players in short supply… with Pep Guardiola’s squad to vote on their next captain before the season

  • Rodri says that he and his team-mates must step up to become leaders 
  • Fernandinho is the latest experienced icon to have left Manchester City 
  • Four of City’s five-man captains’ group however remain in Pep Guardiola’s squad
  • Rodri also insisted City are capable of finally winning the Champions League 

Rodri believes it is time for Manchester City’s current crop to assume the role of leaders after Fernandinho became the latest icon to leave the Premier League champions.

Big personalities in the dressing room have routinely departed under Pep Guardiola, with senior players now in short supply.

Four of City’s five-man captains’ group — Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker — remain in the squad and the team will vote on their next skipper before the season.

Rodri has insisted that he and his Manchester City team-mates have to become leaders

Fernandinho is the latest experienced player to depart, meaning others will have to step up

And as he enters his fourth campaign at the club, Rodri claimed others have to step up.

‘We don’t have many leaders because players like Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho are gone and they were at the club for so many years,’ said the Spaniard.

‘Now we have to take that role on. Ruben has done it. I feel that it can be my role. That is the gap where I can improve.’

Rodri believes that City can finally win the Champions League after several near misses

Rodri also insisted that City can finally win the Champions League after several near-misses.

The 26-year-old said: ‘The teams who have won it the most — like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich — are always in semi-finals and finals. They don’t win it every time, but they are there.

‘Now we are starting to build a culture to be there every year. One day it is going to happen.’




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