It appears that Ricardo Rodriguez is staying put at AC Milan, despite rumors of interest from abroad.
Rodriguez and his agent reportedly met with Leonardo at Casa Milan today to discuss the defender’s future at the club.
Rodriguez’s name had come up with a variety of clubs during the summer transfer window, and many expected the Swiss fullback to departing the club, with Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, and other reportedly interested in acquiring him.
More fuel was added to the fire when Milan made a last-minute move to bring former Genoa fullback, and Uruguay international, Diego Laxalt to the club after previously acquiring Croatia fullback Ivan Strinic, and World Cup finalist, Ivan Strinic. Of course, once the news about Strinic’s medical condition became public knowledge, the move for Laxalt made a lot more sense.
Rodriguez’s agent, however, splashed cold water on any transfer rumors last week as he said that Rodriguez had been “reborn” at Milan under the new management and ownership structure of the team. He also touted the unity of the club under Gennaro Gattuso, Leonardo, and Paolo Maldini.
And it seems that the talks today have settled the fullback’s future, as both the club and the player want him to continue his career at Milan. It’s not earth-shattering news that Rodriguez wants to stay, but it’s still a good sign that a player that in years past would have been sold or been allowed to leave has been spoken to and settled. It’s not just the players that Leonardo and Maldini can bring in that matters, it’s also keeping the current players happy and feeling valued that will guarantee future success for the Rossoneri.