Rodrigo's life turned 180 this summer. With his bags packed to go to Atletico Madrid, saying goodbye to his team-mates, failed transfer, poor form, Marcelino leaving...
The reality is he nearly did join Atletico but says he never felt like he had left Valencia or become a Rojiblanco.
"In football things are only true when there's a signature and it's all sorted. But yes, I was very close to leaving. In the end, I belong to Valencia nad I can't just do what I want. I knew the clubs were those who had to sort it out and from there I'd decide what interested me more.
"It was not a disappointment to stay at Valencia or not join Atletico, I haven't died or anything close. I never felt like an ex Valencia player or an Atletico player."