Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that Rodrigo may be set to leave Leeds United at the end of the season if they get relegated.
Leeds find themselves in a very difficult situation in the Premier League, they have been poor this season which means that they currently sit in the relegation zone, level on points with Burnley, and with just three games to play.
Rodrigo signed for the Whites from Valencia for £27 million in 2020, and has gone on to make 59 appearances in all competitions since, whilst netting 13 times and registering three assists. It has been reported that the Spaniard signed a contract worth £100,000 per week, so it would be unlikely that Leeds would be willing to pay this type of money should they slip into the Championship.
O’Rourke spoke to GiveMeSport and highlighted that it is important for Leeds to remain in the top flight of English football if they want to keep Rodrigo at the club.
“He is a quality player, Rodrigo. Leeds fans, I don’t think they’ve seen the best of him. If they go down, I think they might have a problem keeping him.
“He might have to be sold because he’s on big wages, and I’m not too sure if he would be willing to stay and play in the Championship,” O’Rourke said.
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TIF Thoughts on Pete O’Rourke’s comments…
Rodrigo has been a key player for Leeds this season in a very poor campaign for the club, but in terms of stats on a personal level in the league, he has the second-highest amount of goal contributions (7), the second most amount of key passes on average per game (1.3) and the third most amount of shots on average per game (1.6), as per Sofascore.
Leeds sit in the bottom three, and they still have Chelsea and an in-form Brighton & Hove Albion left to play, so it may be hard to see them getting the required amount of points to stay in the league.
It would be likely that a haul of players would leave if the Whites did get relegated, and joining Rodrigo on that list would be expected to be Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips.