Gonzalo Rodriguez is enjoying his stay at Fiorentina and is 100% focused on preparing for the impending 2016/17 season:
"I’m happy in Florence and I feel proud to wear the captain’s armband for this club," said Rodriguez in a press conference held in Moena. "I’ll speak to my agent about my contract in a month – for now I just need to focus on training hard."
Rodriguez was asked about some of the players Fiorentina have signed in recent days, including Kevin Diks and Ricardo Bagadur: "It’s tough to gauge a player over just five days, so we need to show a bit of patience. Bagadur had a great season with Salernitana."
The Viola captain also said that he would be happy to play in whatever defensive system coach Paulo Sousa opts for this year: "I feel comfortable in both a three-man and four-man defence."
Rodriguez was keen to bat away comparisons between himself and Daniel Passarella, the Argentine defender who scored 26 goals for Fiorentina: "Comparing me with him is a step too far, but I will certainly do everything I can to help the team."
Rodriguez was also asked about his compatriot Lionel Messi’s decision to retire from international football: "What happened with Lionel is a shame. Maybe he made a hasty decision."
Last but not least, Rodriguez was asked whether he’d like to return to former club San Lorenzo one day: "I want to play here for many years to come. Perhaps after that I’ll go back to San Lorenzo."