James Rodriguez has only played for Real Madrid once since La Liga returned … with the playmaker’s time above that, a move to rivals Atletico Madrid, a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo in Juventus or even a move to Wolves will be his next destination?
- James Rodriguez is leaving Real Madrid this summer after falling out of favor
- The 28-year-old has been linked in the past to a move to Manchester United
- Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has previously worked with the Colombian
The only thing that is clear about the future of James Rodriguez is that it will not be at Real Madrid.
With Eden Hazard injured, Zinedine Zidane could have joined Athletic Bilbao at the Colombian international on Sunday, but he understood the player when James told him he didn’t want to travel.
“He’s gone because he wanted to be gone,” Zidane said. Sources close to James said he was mentally worn out by being constantly overlooked by the Real Madrid coach and he knew that even without Hazard he would still only get minutes if Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius, Marco Asensio , Lucas Vazquez and even Gareth Bale had already been explored as options. Zidane understood the frustration.
James Rodriguez’s time at Real Madrid is seemingly over with the playmaker about to leave
The 28-year-old midfielder has only played for Real once since La Liga returned
The priority of the club is that Rodriguez will find a club as soon as possible. It only occurred once since La Liga returned. In times of financial tightness, Real Madrid will likely grab everything they can get for the 28-year-old this summer to get him off the payroll in the final year of his contract.
It is true that he has lost his way to Madrid, but he is not the first player to have that happened. He may have his best years ahead at the right club, so Sports email asks the big question: which club will that be?
He declined to travel as part of Zinedine Zidane’s (right) squad for the trip to Athletic Bilbao
There is interest from the player to make this possible, but since United was burned with Alexis Sanchez, they will likely stay away from La Liga’s big two cast-offs for a while.
Bruno Fernandez is younger and better. And it seems unlikely that James will finish at Old Trafford.
A move to Manchester United seems unlikely because they already have Bruno Fernandes (right)
This feels more feasible. Jorge Mendes ‘ties to Wolves and their greater willingness to move the team’s furniture to capture James’ flair make this a possibility.
Due to financial pressures in Madrid, they will receive a lower fee, so if the Colombian can meet Wolves (and will have to forgo his £ 7 million significantly), he could be Old Gold before the new season kicks off .
Wolf boss Nuno Espirito Santo (left) would welcome Colombian talents at Molineux
He could have joined Diego Simone last summer, but Atletico hit Real Madrid in the preseason and the idea of selling them one of their preeminent players suddenly didn’t seem like such a good idea.
He would still be open to the idea of moving to the other side of the city, but Atletico’s financial position is such that wages would be a problem. They also discovered an attacking midfielder / striker for the next decade in Marcos Llorente (a player that Real Madrid Atletico Madrid bought them off last summer). It seems an unlikely switch.
Former Real teammate Marcos Llorente has excelled at Atletico Madrid since he came to this term
It is certainly true that Carlo Ancelotti got quite a tune from James Rodriguez at Real Madrid and they worked well together at Bayern Munich.
He needs a lot of reinforcements and James would be a letter of intent to go into the new season, but the price will have to drop enough for them to join the bidding. James would be the best earner at Everton with his current money.
The only way Everton could pay him was if they didn’t have to pay a transfer fee. A loan could work. International teammate Yerry Mina would certainly help him with Goodison.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti knows that Rodriguez has coached him well at Bayern Munich
Ancelotti was also his manager at Real and bought him from Monaco to the club in 2014
Last season, Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to be pulling the strings to see if he could get his friend to join him in Italy.
Juventus is no longer able to make a bold move. So this one seems doomed to disappear under the cloud of post-coronavirus shutdown football.
There was also interest from Naples in the past, but it looks like an unlikely destination this time.
Last season, Cristiano Ronaldo (right) seemed excited for Juventus to bring Rodriguez to Italy
The pair were teammates at Real, winning two Champions Leagues and one La Liga together