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Guardiola refuses to answer Rodri question; rules out Asensio move

Guardiola dodges Rodri question and rules out Asensio move

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Atlético Madrid star Rodri is reportedly close to joining Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola claims he has "no idea" about the rumours.

Pep Guardiola saluted Atlético Madrid midfielder Rodri as a "great player" but claimed ignorance about Manchester City's apparent pursuit of him.

Spain international Rodri has been strongly linked with City in recent weeks since he reportedly told Atlético he intends to leave the club during the close-season.

A deep-lying midfielder in the Sergio Busquets mould, Rodri enjoyed a fine first season at Atlético following his €20million move from Villarreal last year.

Reports claim City will trigger his €70m (£63m) release clause, which would make Rodri the club's record signing.

Guardiola has "no idea" about Rodri

However, Guardiola was guarded when asked if the Atlético academy product was heading to the Etihad Stadium.

Speaking at a presentation in Barcelona, Guardiola told reporters: "I've no idea [if Rodri is going to City], you'll see. He's a great player."

Guardiola was rather firmer about tentative links with Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, though, adamant a move is not on the cards.

"There is no chance that City will sign him," he said.