Real Madrid’s young striker Rodrygo Goes will not be present in Saturday’s La Liga derby against Atletico Madrid, despite scoring in his recent midweek debut, according to coach Zinedine Zidane.
Rodrygo, 18, signed with Real Madrid for 48 million euros (52.54 million dollars) last year but did not have his first chance until last Wednesday against Osasuna, when he came off the bench in the second half.
Within 90 seconds of entering the field, he made an immediate impact, demonstrating his speed and ability to control a pass, overtaking defenders in the area to score with a resounding shot from below and seal a 2-0 victory that placed his team at the top of the standings.
The Brazilian has been rotating between the first team and Castilla, the subsidiary of Real Madrid that plays in the third division of Spanish football. Zidane said the youngster would play for Castilla this weekend and would not participate in the derby against Atlético de Madrid.
“We know exactly what we’re doing with him. Tomorrow he will play with Castilla, but that doesn’t change anything,” Zidane said at a press conference on Friday.
“He’s a player in the first squad, but we’re going to go little by little. We took this decision before, tomorrow will play with Castilla and he is delighted.”
Rodrygo was one of many reserve members who played against Osasuna, as Zidane rested many of his favorite players for the match against Atlético, third in the La Liga table one point behind Real Madrid.