Leeds United striker Rodrigo has revealed that he is able to train at Thorp Arch from Monday after sealing a club-record transfer to Yorkshire from Valencia.
Rodrigo, 29, is currently on international duty with Spain, who play against Ukraine on Sunday before players are able to return to their clubs.
With the world still adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, there have been worries that Rodrigo will be forced to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival in the UK.
The Government website says that “if you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK” while The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported last week that Leeds were trying to work out how to go about the potential quarantine period.
Hay added that “it would probably be a big challenge for [Marcelo] Bielsa to get [Rodrigo] ready for Anfield” next week.
Fortunately, it seems that Rodrigo has quelled any concerns my saying that he is able to train with his new team-mates from Monday.
As quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth, the Spain striker said: “I want to arrive Monday and start to train with the team and adapt myself as soon as possible to the style of the team and give my best, work hard.”
"I want to arrive Monday and start to train with the team and adapt myself as soon as possible to the style of the team and give my best, work hard."
Spain play Ukraine on Sunday and then he's reporting for duty at Thorp Arch.
— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) September 4, 2020
Rodrigo clearly understands how much work it takes to be able to get into Bielsa’s starting line-up.
Although he’s arriving in West Yorkshire as Leeds’ new record signing, as Spain’s starting striker and someone who’s proven himself in La Liga and the Champions League, we fully expect Patrick Bamford to start against Liverpool next week.
Bamford knows Bielsa’s system inside out, he’s trusted by the Leeds manager and he has had a full pre-season that has not been disrupted by injury and international duty – unlike Rodrigo.
We’d be shocked if Rodrigo starts at Anfield but it is good to see that he doesn’t have to self-isolate for two weeks upon his arrival in the UK.
The Government must be making exceptions for footballers.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are keen on this £20million-rated left-back from Eastern Europe.