Real Madrid forward Rodrygo Goes has hailed boss Zinedine Zidane for helping him to improve and grow his confidence.
The 18-year-old had starred with Santos in his native Brazil before joining Madrid this summer after the two club’s struck a €45m deal in 2018.
Rodrygo had played a prominent role with the Brazil Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 sides, then earned his first call up to the senior squad – who will play Argentina and South Korea – this month.
Rodrygo scored his first goal for Madrid earlier in the season against Osasuna and started for the first time in the recent win in Galatasaray, before he scored on his first league start against Leganes on Wednesday.
“Zidane gives me enough advice. I remember getting injured a month or two ago, I don't know. He always came to talk to me and told me I had to be calm,” Rodrygo explained to Brazilian media, as cited by Marca.
“You arrive at a club and are excited to play and train and then you get injured…you get discouraged, but he always came to talk to me and told me to continue the treatment that would come back stronger and that is what I did.
“I went back and came back stronger. It helps me every day and is making me grow. It gives me a lot of confidence.”