Real Madrid superstar James Rodriguez’s stepfather has spoken about the midfielder’s future and favours a move away from Real Madrid. James has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and now his stepfather’s comments should come as a huge warning sign to Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez has found game time hard to come by and this has prompted rumour about his potential exit from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Speaking on Spanish Radio, the Real Madrid superstar’s stepfather insisted that his son’s talent “should be on the football pitch”.
Juan Carlos Restrepo told Spanish radio station Onda Cero,
“I want to see my son play football. If it was up to me, I’d tell him to look for a club where he can play. I don’t think that James has been short on support at Real, I think he has the fans’ affection, but a talent like his needs to be on the football pitch.”
Restrepo has expressed this kind of opinion before, saying that he preferred James to start in a different team than being a substitute at Real Madrid.
Rodriguez scored 11 Liga goals and provided 13 assists last season from 33 games. He started 13 La Liga games and scored 8 goals in the league. While the likes of Isco and Casemiro have fought their way into the first team over the last two seasons, the Colombian’s role in the depth chart is insignificant.
We were recently believed to be in advanced negotiations with Real Madrid for James Rodriguez. According to French radio station RMC (h/t Metro), Rodriguez’s representatives are in contact with United and Inter Milan over a summer switch, while PSG also continue to monitor his situation. It was also claimed that Real Madrid value James at around £61million.
Now that James’ stepfather has also spoken about the attacker’s lack of game time at Real Madrid, this might indeed be the right time to pounce on the Colombian. The price of the winger would come sliding down if his frustration at Santiago Bernabeu becomes public and Real Madrid would not able to do too much if James decides to leave them. Although his contract runs until 2020, he will have all the rights to ask them to sanction a transfer as he isn’t playing enough on the pitch.
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