Monday, April 22, 2019

James’ Madrid return unlikely

Real Madrid signed James Rodriguez following his superb World Cup outing with Colombia in 2014, and he had a promising start at Santiago Bernabeu. However, with Zinedine Zidane preferring to deploy a more defence-minded midfielder behind Toni Kroos and Luka Modrić rather than one playing in front of them, Rodriguez lost his place in the team and eventually went to Bayern Munich in 2017 on a two-year loan.

With the deal expiring next summer, Real are considering whether to bring him back to Madrid or to permanently dispense with his services. Before getting sacked, Julen Lopetegui had expressed his desire to have James in his squad, but with Lopetegui gone, things are now different.

According to Marca, the presence of Isco and Marco Asensio seems to make James surplus to requirements already. Also, with the club likely to go in for a stellar signing in the form of either Eden Hazard or Neymar, places in the offensive department of the team would be filled up.

With James’ contract not expiring before 2021, Real would likely be able to get a considerable fee for his services.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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