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'I saw it': Real Betis star Guido Rodriguez responds to reported Arsenal interest

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Real Betis star Guido Rodriguez has been in the news a lot lately.

Mundo Deportivo recently claimed that Arsenal are keeping tabs on the midfielder, and Estadio Deportivo backed that claim earlier this week.

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Rodriguez has been solid for Betis since joining them from Club America last year. The Verdiblancos are reportedly open to selling him for big money, and Arsenal are the club heavily linked with his services ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Argentine international was asked about the Gunners’ interest and he claimed that he read about it – just like all of us did – in the papers earlier this week. He did not rule out a move to the Premier League, but he insisted that he is happy at Betis.

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He said, as per Estadio Deportivo: “I saw it because friends from Argentina asked me, but I told them that I knew the same as them. I’m the protagonist because I am in the news but today, I do not know more or less than you who saw it.”

“I’m very happy (at Betis). I arrived and there were one or two months with a strange situation for everyone with the issue of confinement but the truth is that I am very happy in Seville, with the city, the weather, at the club… I’m very happy.

“It feels a bit [pandemic] when we walk down the street, I would have liked to experience all this with the fans in the stadium. I could only play a few games with the packed stadium.”

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The Insider’s View:

Rodriguez’s lack of knowledge about Arsenal’s reported interest means that there has been no contact between Edu and his representatives. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not looking at him.

Arsenal need to strengthen their midfield in the summer. Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are the only central midfielders guaranteed to stay at the club beyond the end of this season.

Winning the Europa League might give us the resources to target more accomplished players, but if we fail, a cheeky bid for Rodriguez – even though he has a £69 million release clause – is a serious possibility.

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