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Nov 14, 2019, 4:14:00 PM

Rodri hopes Premier League move will boost Spain chances

Manchester City midfielder Rodri is hopeful that his summer move to the Premier League will help him start more matches for Spain.

The midfield enforcer believes battling it out in some tough English top-flight games has added an extra string to his bow.

The 23-year-old has started four of his country's eight Euro 2020 qualifiers so far and is set to be involved again in Friday's Group F clash with Malta in Cadiz.

Rodri said: “When you decide to make a change it's for individual growth, and it's been good for me. It's a competitive league, the football is more direct and makes you learn.

“I am a more complete player and I can contribute something more to the national team. My position is a place of leadership in the national team.

“I've not played a lot of matches but I want to be a leader on the pitch, my position demands it. I know that my position isn't easy, and even less so in a national team that aspires to win everything.

“I hope to grow day by day and with time you will see the best version of me,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA