Ricardo Rodriguez has officially joined the club, signing a contract until 2021 with the Rossoneri, becoming the third purchase of the current summer.
The Swiss fullback landed in Italy earlier this week and over the past two days he underwent the medical check-ups at the La Madonnina clinic and at Milanello, before putting pen to paper at Casa Milan.
“Milan announces to have signed from VfL Wolfsburg the player Ricardo Rodriguez, who has signed a contract until 30 June 2021,” a statement on the club’s website reads. ‘RR’ is the third signing of this window after Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessié were already confirmed.
He reportedly cost Milan €15 million plus €3 million of bonuses. The 24-year-old left back signed the contract live on Facebook with CEO Marco Fassone and Sporting Director Massimiliano Mirabelli on his side. “I love the [new] Milan jersey, it’s beautiful,” Rodriguez told MilanTV after signing the contract. I’m happy to be here and play for this team. My shirt number? I’ve picked the number 68, I’m happy to wear it. I picked it because it’s the year my mother was born [she died prematurely].
“Baresi is a legend, he was such a great player. I admired many players who made the history of Milan: I loved Gattuso and also Ronaldinho. So many legends played here, Maldini is one of them… I’m happy to be here and to play for this great team. I’ll do my best to make the fans happy.
“Milanello is really beautiful, remarkable, I was happy to visit it, as well as to visit the Museum, I loved it. I’ve already played at the San Siro stadium, it’s incredible and it’s going to be my new stadium. I’m really happy to play in such a beautiful stadium. I’m really happy to be here.
“I’m eager to get to know my new teammates. I know there are many South American players, I’m sure we are going to get along. My skills? I have good ball skills, you will soon be able to judge me. I’m happy to be here and I want to make all Milan fans happy. I’m going to play anywhere on the field where the coach wants me to, I can play in either a three-man or a four-man backline.
“I can’t wait to play the Europa League, I will do my best to help the team and also want to do well in Serie A and get back into the Champions League, we will do everything to play it. I want to play and I’ll do everything to show I’m worthy of this club and to do well. Forza Milan!”
During the signing, Fassone said: “We are pleased to be here to officially announce our third purchase, Ricardo Rodriguez. Mirabelli has followed him for some time. He’s one of the best in the world and we are happy to have him at Milan. His look, his desire and his enthusiasm have struck us.
Mirabelli said: “More than important players, we need those who will show a certain enthusiasm for this jersey, which is why the first thing we do after the medical is give a tour of the trophy room.”