Ricardo Rodrguez vows to stay in Portugal for the World Cup

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Ricardo Rodríguez is in his second year with Portugal following his switch from Manchester City.

The 36-year-old defender was part of the Selecao that knocked England out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals in Russia.

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And after the tournament, the defender vowed to play on as he is still recovering from an ankle injury and is desperate to stay in the national squad.

Ricardo has been one of Portugal’s best performers this season, helping the team to fifth in the Nations League with 24 goals in 30 matches.

Speaking to reporters in Rio, he said: ‘My contract doesn’t end until August 31, and then I’ll see what happens.

‘I will be there for the World Cup, so if it doesn’t end up in the summer then I will definitely wait.

‘I am still recovering, trying to get ready for the World Cup, and if it doesn’t end up in the summer then I will definitely wait.’

He added: ‘I haven’t spoken to anyone. I will see once we go into the second and third games of the World Cup.

‘I have told my family what happens after that, but I don’t know if that’ll be any time soon.’

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