James Rodriguez’s stepfather has admitted that he would prefer it if his son left Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Rodriguez has fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane, with the Frenchman often preferring Isco as his main playmaker. As a result, the Colombian has made just 13 starts for Los Blancos all season, and was most notably left out of Real’s 18-man squad that beat Juventus in the Champions League final.
The soon to be 26-year-old has been linked with a switch to Manchester United on several occasions, and according to the attacking midfielder’s step-dad, it would be best if James left Real this summer.
“I like to watch my son playing but these are decisions that he has to make,” Restrepo told Onda Cero (via Sports Mole).
“If it were up to me, I would tell him to look for [a team] where he can play, where they value him more. But we have to think that Real Madrid are a top team and have treated him very well.
“The footballer is special, he is not happy if he is not on the pitch. I guess he had the illusion of playing the Champions League final but these are the circumstances. We have to accept them and keep working. I’m not aware [of his plans] because I respect the professionals who are around James.
Last week, Real chief Florentino Perez revealed that Rodriguez’s future at the club would be decided by Zidane, and should the club recruit more players in the number 10 position this summer, it is unlikely that the Colombian will be at the club at the start of next season.
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