James Rodriguez has been house-hunting in Turin ahead of a proposed move to Juventus, according to real estate agency Proto Group Ltd.
Spanish newspaper AS reported that the agency released a statement claiming the Colombian has been looking around the city for a house.
Rodriguez has been linked with several moves away from Real Madrid this summer, after the emergence of Marco Asensio as Zinedine Zidane’s first choice attacking midfielder. The 25-year-old is not prepared to sit on the bench, and is reportedly closing in on a move to Serie A champions Juventus.
In a short statement, Proto Group Ltd. said: “The lawyers of James Rodríguez will be in Turin this afternoon to settle the rental of a villa in the Italian city. During various weeks we have been in charge of finding an adequate house for the player in Turin, and today we’re going to close the agreement.”
Faustino Asprilla, a former Columbian International player, has criticised Zidane for not giving Rodriguez a chance to showcase his abilities. He said: “If [Rodriguez] hasn’t been able to keep proving his worth is because the coach [Zidane] is not letting him show his abilities. He’s giving him very scarce playing time.”
Rodriguez started only 17 games for Los Blancos in La Liga last season, and Asprilla claims that it isn’t a surprise that the player is struggling under Zidane after shining so brightly under former manager Carlo Ancelotti.
He added: “If James is featured in three or four straight matches and performs poorly, then it is fine if he is demoted to [Real Madrid] Castilla or sold to another team, but he should have his chance to shine.
“It’s not a coincidence that he had a superb season under Ancelotti because he was a regular starter and all of the sudden he struggles under Zidane with limited minutes.”