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Spanish ace signs

20 August 2012

Sheffield Wednesday have signed striker Rodri on loan, with a view to a permanent deal, from European giants Barcelona, subject to international clearance.

The Spaniard joins the Owls on a season-long deal.

Rodri – full name Rodrigo Ríos Lozano – is 22-years-old and began his career with Sevilla FC, where he helped the youth team win the Copa del Rey, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final.

After moving up to Sevilla B, he scored 28 goals from 54 appearances, before graduating to the senior set-up and he was called into first team contention for the 2009-10 Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow.

Rodri eventually made his bow in the same season during Sevilla’s La Liga contest against Athletic Bilbao.

His second senior appearance came in the final game of the season, at UD Almeria, and Rodri scored the decisive, last-minute goal in a 3-2 win that saw Sevilla edge out RCD Mallorca for Champions League qualification.

The young hitman then moved to Barcelona B, for whom he has made 35 appearances, scoring eight goals. 

Rodri has also twice represented the Spanish Under-21s on the international stage, claiming one goal along the way.

He said: “I am very happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started.

“I was at the game on Saturday and I thought the team did very well in the second half, the fans on a scale of 0-10 were definitely a 10. It was a massive crowd that came from Sheffield.

“That was an away game for the club so I can’t wait to see them in a home game.

“I come here with a lot of excitement and I want to start as soon as possible. 

“Everyone knows the standard of player at Barcelona but in the Barcelona B side, it is full of players with much potential – very talented guys.

“I am a striker and I am confident I will get a lot of chances and confident I can score goals to help the club.”

Rodri has been allocated squad number 15 for the Owls.

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