James Rodriguez’s stepfather has hinted that the Colombian star is indeed set for a summer switch, after falling down the pecking order under Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
He moved to Real Madrid in 2014, after a stellar showing at the World Cup in Brazil, leading Colombia to the quarter-finals. This led the Spanish giants to splash almost £70 million to buy him from Monaco, and the 25-year-old subsequently enjoyed a hugely successful first two seasons in the La Liga.
Zidane. though, doesn’t seem to trust the Colombian skipper. The playmaker has made only 21 appearances in the La Liga this season, most of which were from the bench, and this has led to rumours linking him away from Madrid.
James himself insisted that he wanted to stay during the earlier stages of the season. He has also put up good performances when given the chance in recent games, giving hope that he might remain in the Spanish capital.
A latest statement by his stepfather, however, suggests that he might indeed move in the summer.
Juan Carlos Restrepo told Spanish radio: “I prefer him to start in a different team than being a substitute at Real Madrid.”
This is a huge development in the James Rodriguez transfer saga, and Manchester United’s management will surely be happy to hear this, and the expected £50m price tag Los Blancos have set on the midfielder should not prove to be a stumbling block.
The Red Devils, though, seem reportedly more keen on bagging Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.
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