Pep Guardiola hails Man City star as 'the best in Europe' after Red Star win

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Rodri is the currently best midfielder in Europe.

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The Spain international delivered another masterclass in midfield on Tuesday evening as he found the net in City’s 3-1 win over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

Rodri, who was named UEFA’s Player of the Match for his display at the Etihad Stadium, looks set to play another pivotal role in City’s midfieldthis season.

And Guardiola believes City currently have Europe’s best midfielder in their ranks.

Asked if there is a better midfielder than Rodri on the continent, Guardiola replied: ‘Right now, yeah. He’s the best.

‘Hopefully he can be better, he has a good mentality and things to improve but he’s an extraordinary holding midfielder.

‘We were lucky the club signed this player and when he arrived he wasn’t this type of player. Of course he played a large amount of games, now he’s one of the captains of the team.

‘He’s a fantastic holding midfielder. He’s a top class player, not just that, defensively, offensively, the composure, he reads the spaces, knows exactly when the men are free because he loves to arrive in the final third and dribble and shoot.

‘He’s playing really, really well.’

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