Wolfsburg managing director Klaus Allofs warns clubs off Ricardo Rodriguez

by Tanveer Arayan

Wolfsburg managing director Klaus Allofs has rubbished speculation that rumoured Manchester United target Ricardo Rodriguez will join Real Madrid this month.

Madrid’s have reportedly moved forward their plans to sign left-back Rodriguez following their recent transfer ban.

The 23-year-old has also been strongly linked with a move to Man United as Louis van Gaal looks to shore up his back line. However, Allofs dismissed the rumours that Rodriguez will be sold.

“You can forget it, we certainly will not be doing that,” he said.

Luke Shaw’s injury has left United struggling at left-back, with Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all filling in there over the course of the campaign.

It is clear that van Gaal needs to add depth in the position but it is unlikely that clubs will sell their prize assets in the January transfer window. Rodriguez is a quality player but perhaps United would be wise to go for him in the summer.

Rodriguez was on United’s radar prior to Shaw joining, so after the young Englishman joined I’m not even sure Rodriguez would consider a move to Old Trafford knowing full well he’d become second choice when the Englishman was fit again. That being said, it sounds like Wolfsburg have no intention of letting him go anyway so that is irrelevant.

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