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Rodrygo: “Zidane calls me into his office and explains what I can improve tactically and technically”

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The young star spoke to ESPN Brazil about his adaption to the club and overall gratitude playing for Real Madrid

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Rodrygo Goes spoke with ESPN Brazil to review his first six months at Real Madrid, his relationship with Zidane, and how he will look to help Reinier in his upcoming adaptation to Madrid.

Being a Real Madrid player: “I look at the club crest in the dressing room, or on my jersey and I think, ‘Man, I am at Real Madrid!’. It’s important that I keep my feet on the ground.”

The Super Cup penalty: “In that exact moment, you feel a lot of pressure. I ended up taking a penalty because Kroos nominated me and said that I should take one as I had been shooting them well in training. When the ball was rising, I got scared, but then I saw the ball going in and the fans celebrating.”

Relationship with Zidane: “He is a very nice guy, he always talks to me and gives me advice. He always calls me to his office and shows me what I can improve tactically or technically. He also mentions what he did when he played and how that can improve my play. He has helped me a lot.”

Vinicius: “ I always remember my first training session. I was walking on the pitch and I asked Vini if he had been nervous in his first practice. He was, but when the ball gets rolling and you get your first touches, you feel more secure. Vini was very important for my adaptation”.

Reinier Jesus: “When I have the opportunity to speak with him, I will convey what Vini transmitted to me. There is no shame in playing for Castilla. I think many players have been through this. Casemiro too, and now he is an idol here”.