AS Monaco and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez is desperate to secure a dream transfer to Real Madrid this summer. The 23-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United, has revealed his future ambitions in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca.
The €75 million-rated South American said that, while he is grateful to Monaco for the opportunity they have given him over the past 12 months, his life-long ambition is to sign for the reigning European champions.
Rodriguez on Real Madrid
"Playing for Real Madrid is my life's dream: it'd be a privilege to play alongside so many stars. If it happened, I'd enjoy it to the max,” Rodriguez told reporters. “It's really flattering to know that a club of Real Madrid's stature is interested in me. It'd be a dream to join the club of my dreams.
“I have a great deal of respect for other clubs and admire the good football they play, but ultimately Real Madrid are Real Madrid. I've always had a thing for them, like I said before.”
Asked whether he would be happy to quit AS Monaco, he replied: "Would I jump at the chance to go to Real? No doubt about it, my answer is a resounding yes.”
Real Madrid hope to sell Di Maria to Manchester United
Manchester United, aside from Real Madrid, are the only other big club with an interest in signing Rodriguez. However, Louis van Gaal will only move for the Colombian ace if he misses out on Angel di Maria, the Real Madrid winger wanted by Paris Saint-Germain.
According to reports, Real Madrid would prefer to sell Di Maria to the Red Devils in order to secure a deal for Rodriguez with no competition. However, convincing the 26-year-old Argentina international to move to Old Trafford may prove difficult, with the player reportedly more keen to join French champions PSG.
James Rodriguez: Scout report
Rodriguez rejected Real Madrid reports prove inaccurate
Earlier this week it was reported by Mundo Deportivo that Rodriguez had turned down Real Madrid. However, the player's interview with Marca clarifies, once and for all, that he is desperate to become the Bernabeu's latest Galactico.