End of the road for James Rodriguez at Real?
James Rodriguez’s days at Real Madrid look set to be numbered.
James Rodriguez, The 25-year-old Colombian midfielder joined the Los Blancos from Monaco in 2014 for a reported £63m deal after some stellar performances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was a prominent figure under former Real Madrid and current Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti. But since Zidane’s arrival at the helm of Los Blancos, James has failed to cement a place in the starting XI.
James was ready to fight for a starting spot but Zidane’s formation did little favour to him. He also produced some good performances in the limited opportunities he got but still, he has fallen down the pecking order under Zidane.
James has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu for a long time. He publicly expressed his desire to leave in the last winter transfer window but decided to stay after talking with the manager.
Things again got heated up during Madrid’s 4-2 win over Leganes in the previous matchday. James received one of his rarest of starts this season. In spite of scoring one goal and providing one assist for Morata, he was subbed at the 72-nd minute by Zidane.
James was clearly unhappy with the decision. According to MARCA, James vented his frustration towards Zidane and abused him. Rodriguez said: “Motherf****r doesn’t even play me the whole match.” He denied shaking hands with his team-mates and snubbed the reporters after the match.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United all are reportedly eyeing a swoop for the 25-year-old midfielder but James is interested in a move to the Old Trafford, claims Spanish publication, Don Balon. Jose Mourinho has personally contacted James and a swap deal with David de Gea moving to the Bernabeu is heavily on the cards. James’ agent Jorge Mendes is already reported to be working on the deal.
James prefers working under former coach Ancelotti but Ancelotti couldn’t guarantee him 1st team place with Bayern already having such a star-studded roster. Any deal to Manchester United would be a big blow to Chelsea and Liverpool, who are long-time admirers of the Colombian maestro.