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Rodrigo rules out Reebok return
Published : 08 Jul 2011 11:59:00
Rodrigo insisted a return to Bolton is "not part of my plans" after vowing to fight for a place at Benfica. The 20-year-old joined the Trotters on a season-long loan and went on to make 21 appearances last term. Benfica loaned out the Brazil-born forward soon after signing him from Real Madrid last summer. But after discussing his future with Benfica coach Jorge Jesus, the Spain Under-20 international is hopeful of forcing his way into his first-team plans. "A return to Bolton on loan has not part of my plans," he told the Portuguese press. "My aim is to continue at Benfica because I believe I have the quality to fight for a place in the starting XI. "That battle will be hard because of the level of my team-mates but I have progressed much during the last season. "I have spoken with the coach and I believe that I have a genuine chance to carry on at Benfica." Rodrigo played for Real Madrid's reserves during the 2009/10 season but failed to earn a first-team appearance.