After taking the 2014 FIFA World Cup by storm, James Rodriguez has clubs all over the world salivating.
It seems as though Rodriguez is pretty keen on a few teams too, one in particular. According to quotes attributed to the 22-year-old Colombian forward in Spanish newspaper AS, Rodriguez is looking to move to reigning European Champions Real Madrid.
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Rodriguez currently plays for AS Monaco in Ligue 1, after moving to the French side from FC Porto last summer. Monaco paid $61 million for the star striker but he scored just nine goals (although did add 12 assists) in 34 top-flight matches in France last season. So far in the World Cup, Rodriguez is the top scorer with five goals in four games and has been the star of the tournament.
According to AS’s story, Rodriguez’s mother has always dreamed of him playing for Real and his stunning performances this summer have done him no harm in making that dream a reality. More importantly Rodriguez is said to want the move to Real, as Monaco could well get a healthy profit on the sum they paid last summer for the talented, yet relatively unknown, Colombian starlet.
Would Real need Rodriguez? Probably not.
With Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema gelling last season to terrorize opposition defenses, it would be hard to see how Rodriguez could fit into Los Blancos’ plans at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, as we know with Madrid, if a world class player becomes available they often snap him up.
Rodriguez’s creativity in and around the box, plus his poaching skills, make him a must have for any top European team and he is set to become the name on everyone’s wishlist this summer. Monaco will compete in the UEFA Champions League in 2014-15 after finishing runners up in Ligue 1 last season, so even if he decides to stay with the principality club, Europe and the world will be able to keep a close eye on James.