Pep Guardiola hails Manchester City midfielder as the best in the world

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed Manchester City star Rodri as the best midfielder in the world.

The Spain international scored a late goal to secure a 1-1 draw for Manchester City against Chelsea on Saturday.

Despite his heroics for Manchester City, Rodri rarely steals the limelight from the likes of Erling Haaland or Kevin De Bruyne and Guardiola admits that is just the way he likes it.

Guardiola said: “I would say if the holding midfielder doesn’t get the same appreciation as the strikers or the number 10 then that is good. When a holding midfielder has a lot of appreciation, it is not good.

“The holding midfielder has to play positive, for him and for the team, and make the team play. This is the role for the holding midfielders. All the highlights have to be for the guys up front who score goals and make assists and so on.

“But Rodri always has the ability in important moments to score goals so he’s an unbelievable player. He’s the best midfield player in the world currently by far because he is able to do everything.

“What a signing. It’s difficult to understand how we could have done what we have done in recent years without him.”

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