Pablo Rodríguez: "I am proud to be compared to Inzaghi"

From La Fábrica to inspiring Lecce. The white youth squad Pablo Rodríguez (20 years old) won the Youth League with Raúl and now surprises in the tough Serie B.


In Italy, not only young talents shine like Fabián Ruiz, Brahim or Mayoral and Villar. To the south, in Lecce, a young Canarian does. The Madrid youth squad Pablo Rodríguez (Las Palmas, 2001) 'breaks' it in Serie B with Lecce.

It has become one of the sensations of Serie B in Italy and the first question is obvious ... why Lecce?

I was struck a lot when my agent Morano told me about it and I found it to be an attractive and interesting proposition.

Is it as different from the Spanish Second B as it seems?

The game is totally different, it is a diverse football in many aspects in which you have to learn and get used to in order to adapt. Transitions make a difference.

Corini, your coach, wanted to slow down the euphoria a bit and said that you still have a lot to improve. What do you ask for?

It's true, I'm still at 50 percent, I need to get more fit and a lot more pace to get to my best level. He asks me to give my all in every action ... and above all not to talk to the referees (laughs) .

He recently said in La Gazzetta that he saw himself five years at Lecce. How do you live in this southern city?

For me it has been quite easy to adapt here, because I am a lot of the sea and here I can enjoy it. The atmosphere, the city and the people are very similar to my island, Gran Canaria, and that makes everything easier.

You are already beginning to find similarities with Pippo Inzaghi, an idol of the local tifosi ...

It is a pride and very nice that they compare you with great players and more like Inzaghi was, but that does not influence me. I consider myself a humble person with a lot of work behind me and it will always be that way .

His father works in a supermarket and his mother is a telemarketer. What did they instill in you?

I am from a town of 10,000 inhabitants, Valsequillo. They taught me never to look at anyone over my shoulder and never forget where I come from, that without my feet on the ground and without work you won't get anything.

Let's go back. He arrived at Real Madrid in 2016 in a peculiar way. He was an important promise at UD Las Palmas but he preferred to risk ending his contract and went to Valdebebas on trial. There he convinced them. How was it?

When Madrid's opportunity came I didn't think twice, it was something unique that not everyone can live with. I am passionate about challenges and it was. When the first training was over ... they sent me to sign the contract. It was something unique that I will never forget.

He will not forget last season either, he achieved the UEFA Youth League and with a goal in the final.

So far it has been the best thing that has happened to me in football, something that Madrid in many editions had not achieved and our group with Raúl was able to achieve it. That will go down in history for sure.

How is Raúl as a coach and in short distances?

Raúl trusted me from the first moment, he has given me everything. I will always be grateful. I remember once that we had never seen or spoken for Valdebebas yet. After training he came to show me a video on my mobile and I was surprised ... it turns out that the video was my actions from the last game. I did not believe it. He spent a bit of his time showing me plays I did wrong. For me it has been a great pride to have him as a coach.

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