Rodriguez: God wanted it this way

Ricardo Rodriguez believes that remaining at Wolfsburg, despite interest from the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City is an act of divine intervention.

The 24-year-old’s signature was reportedly subject of interest from an array of top clubs during the most recent transfer window, but suitors were said to have baulked at the €25 million asking price.

“I guess it was just meant to be this way. God wanted it this way,” Rodriguez told Swiss publication Blick.

“You just need the right timing for a transfer and it’s a fact that during this transfer window, there were hardly any transfers of players in my position.”

When asked about his price-tag, the Switzerland international was adamant that it isn’t too much and suggested that modern-day footballers are overpriced.

“I don’t think €25m is too much for me,” he claimed. “I’m only 24 and I already have more than four years of experience as a regular in the Bundesliga and the national team, and over €40m has been spent on players with less going for them.

“To be honest, I don’t think any footballer is worth so much, but these are the mechanics of professional football.

“I have a contract here until 2019 and I’ve been here for four-and-a-half years and established quite a reputation within the team. Everything’s good, believe me.”

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