Rodolfo Pizarro swarmed by media ahead of potential Inter Miami transfer

Rodolfo Pizarro has landed in Miami as the Mexican international’s transfer to Inter Miami CF appears to inch closer to completion.

Pizarro, who donned a Yankees hat and gave a thumbs up as he walked through Miami International Airport Thursday morning alongside Miami co-owner Jorge Mas, said he spoke with David Beckham, who told the 25-year-old he “was counting on me.”

Pizarro told reporters in Monterrey that the quality of players in MLS, and in particular some other recent high-profile signings have made a major impression on him. 

“I think that seeing the players who are there [in MLS], I think that should silence the critics. Carlos Vela is there and I think he’s one of the best Mexican players — the best one today. And Chicharito is there and he’s had one of the best careers. [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic was there.”

As he left Monterrey, Pizarro said he knew he’d only be a Rayados player for a short amount of time, but believes he left his mark on the team — winning a Liga MX title and a Concacaf Champions League crown there — in what essentially was a farewell statement.

“Things happen for a reason. I knew I wouldn’t be staying long at Rayados. I enjoyed the little time I was here [in Monterrey]. That’s the way things are. There’s a reason that a [release] clause is there. We knew that we were coming [to Monterrey] to achieve a specific objective and we did it. And all I can do is thank the fans and management who put their trust in me. That’s it.”