Despite strong interest from AC Milan, James Rodriguez is understood to have rejected a possible move to the club, according to Spanish website Don Balon.
While Los Blancos were understood to have accepted the £52.9 million bid put forward by the Milan club, James Rodriguez had himself displayed disinterest in the move, leading to a failed bid.
The rejected offer was considered to be a high valued bid for the Colombian midfielder, who was seen struggling for the majority of last season. While Real Madrid President Perez was very happy with the move, it did not pan out.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have not submitted an official bid for the 25-year-old yet, but they remain on the forefront amongst clubs expected to land the player.
After scoring 11 goals and bagging 8 assists in the previous season, he could not make a mark which was expected of him. After receiving harsh criticism from the fans, along with the player missing precious time playing on the pitch for Real Madrid, the club thought it best to let him go.
He came into the limelight after stellar performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, claiming the golden boot as well as a place in the team of the tournament, following which he moved away from Monaco to Real Madrid for a hefty fee of €80 million.
His continuing form and quality ensured him a place in La Liga’s 2014-15 team of the season as well. But since then, the rise of younger players like Marco Asensio, and the return of Isco, has often pushed him to the fringes, with him only getting limited playing time.
He indicated his intention of moving away from the club after giving a long applause for the crowd at Santiago Bernabeu after the last home game of the season against Sevilla. He also posted a tweet of similar nature, maybe indicating his adieu.
— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) May 17, 2017
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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