English Premier League (EPL) clubs Manchester City and Chelsea have approached Real Madrid over the transfer of James Rodriguez. The Colombia captain is out of favor in Madrid and has been linked with a move away from the club.
Both City and Chelsea have asked for Rodriguez as a possible summer transfer from Real Madrid. Madrid’s new coach Zinedine Zidane has his own way of playing football and the 24-year-old doesn’t feature in his plans. Rodriguez has also not done enough to take the places of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in the first team, as reported by El Confidencial.
It has to be noted that El Confidencial reported the news of Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil leaving Real Madrid previously and can be trusted as a source. Other than City and Chelsea, French club Paris Saint-Germain are also interested to sign James Rodriguez, who is currently worth around $72 million.
It is surprising to see Rodriguez’s career slowly diminishing in Madrid, considering the attacking midfielder had a fantastic first season at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Colombian playmaker also showed his talent in the recently concluded Copa America 2016 with his national team, where they finished at a respectable third position.
The main issue which the 24-year-old has faced under Zinedine Zidane is his lack of defensive abilities. Zidane wants his team to be more disciplined and James Rodriguez flourishes when given a creative freedom. After the Frenchman was given the responsibility to manage Real Madrid, he replaced Rodriguez’s position in the team with that of a defensive midfielder. This restricted the Colombian’s first-team opportunities.
This will be extremely good news for both Manchester City and Chelsea, who will find the talent of Rodriguez extremely useful in their setup. Both Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola will find plenty of uses for the creative midfielder in the Premier League.
Although no official bid has been made by either of the clubs, it is expected that a bid will be made soon.
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