James Rodriguez: No rush for Champions League football
AS Monaco midfielder James Rodriguez isn't concerned about missing out on Champions League football this season
Monaco's James Rodriguez has admitted he has no qualms not playing in the Champions League next season.
The 22-year-old midfielder joined big spenders Monaco this summer, signing in a €45m deal from Portuguese side Porto. Rodriguez joined fellow Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho in a switch to the Ligue 1 outfit.
Rodriguez is delighted to be part of the Monaco revolution and admitted the project at the French club excited him.
"I always want to play well in every game and want my team to win. Monaco are now going through this scenario," Rodriguez told Goal.com. "I don’t know if other football countries or other clubs were interested in me. The only thing I know is Monaco were interested in me. They have good players and that interests me. That’s why I’m here.
"Now this new project they have interests me a lot and I came here to win titles, too."
Rodriguez scored 11 times in 34 games last season for Porto, and attracted a vast amount of interest throughout the summer. Monaco moved quickly to secure the signing of the Colombian, meeting the midfielder's release clause.
Monaco, who were promoted from the French second tier last season, come into Ligue 1 joint favourites with fellow big spenders PSG.
Backed by the considerable wealth of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco will be expected to challenge at the higher echelons of Ligue 1.
However, Monaco will not be involved in any Champions League action this season and will have to wait until the 2014/15 season to have the chance of playing in the competition.
Rodriguez, though, admits he is no rush to fulfil his ambitions in Europe's most elite competition.
He added: "I won’t miss it at all. I can play in the Champions League another year. Because I know Monaco, with the players we’ve got, will be victorious and play in the Champions League next year.
"Signing Falcao and Moutinho will help a lot. I’ve been playing with great players who have been top figures, and who are now here. I think that’s important. With good players it’s easy to play and adapt."
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