James Rodriguez eyes Premier League move in awaited Real Madrid exit
James Rodriguez admitted this past 2019-20 season has been one to forget, but hinted that his awaited exit from Real Madrid could land him somewhere in the Premier League.
The Colombian sensation, who starred in during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, noted this past season was “one of the biggest disappointments” of his career, but looked ahead at the possibilities during a conversation with motivational speaker Daniel Habif as a guest in his podcast.
‘I’ve already been in several good leagues and the only thing missing is Serie A and the Premier League,” said Rodriguez. “You have to see where I want to go or where they want me to go.
“Going to England would be a good thing, it’s a top league.”
James Rodriguez has been in literal limbo this past season, making only 14 appearances for Real Madrid, eight of which came in La Liga play.
“I too would like to know where I am going,” said Rodriguez. “It may take days or weeks until I know where I am going. I really don’t know. I want to go where I can play, where I am happy and where I feel loved by the whole world.”
The soon-to-be 30-year-old midfield player acknowledged he might have gotten the short end of the straw at the Santiago Bernabeu, as his manager Zinedine Zidane has often opted for others instead of him. James Rodriguez expressed frustration upon not being able to leave Real Madrid once he saw his opportunities waning.
“I don’t get involved there,” said Rodriguez. “When you see that you don’t have the same opportunities as your team-mates, it’s difficult. I wanted to leave and the club wouldn’t let me leave.”
“I wanted to go where I could have played, I knew I would not have opportunities, because Zidane already had his base. My wish was that the fans would have the memory of my previous stage at Madrid, not this… I had 36 goals and 42 assists.”
Should James Rodriguez make a move to the Premier League, there would be a few clubs with the money to take a gamble. Real Madrid will be looking at a large loss on the £60 million they paid for him in 2014, but if the money is right, they will part with the Colombian, who is anxious for a clean slate.