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Lopetegui saddened by lack of Rodrigo contact

Lopetegui saddened by lack of Rodrigo contact

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is said to be saddened but the club’s lack of progress in making a move for Valencia forward Rodrigo.

The Spanish international’s form over recent seasons at the Mestalla has attracted many top European clubs, but with his progress – Valencia have also improved, qualifying for the Champions League last season.

And, that improvement has seen them do everything they can to hold on to the former Benfica man.

Madrid have been keen to explore the potential of signing the striker, who began his career with Los Blancos in 2009.

Lopetegui is a massive admirer of the Brazilian born forward, but it is now understood that he has been left frustrated at not being able to bring him to the Spanish capital.

Valencia have been adamant that the full release clause of 120m euros must be met – and it is understood that Madrid are not willing to part with that cash, despite making a similar amount through the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Madrid fans and officials are said to be confused at the lack of summer arrivals and still feel a need to replace Ronaldo, who helped them win three consecutive Champions League titles.

Rodrigo, scored his first goal of the season for Los Che in the Monday night opener with Atletico Madrid.