World Cup revelation James Rodriguez admits it would be a dream come true to join Real Madrid, but says his future is in the hands of his current club AS Monaco.
Madrid have been heavily linked with a 70million euros (£55 million) swoop for the 23-year-old play-maker, who has been one of the stand-out players in Brazil and is still leading the scoring charts with six goals, despite Colombia being knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Rodriguez, who only joined Monaco from Porto last season for a fee in the region of £38.5million, revealed he would fulfil a life's dream by moving to the Bernabeu and would relish the chance to line up alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
He told Spanish newspaper Marca: "It's really flattering to know that a club like Madrid, of such magnitude, are interested in me. It would be a dream to sign for the team of my dreams."
This may be well and good, but if Real Madrid want to sign Toni Kroos from German champions Bayern Munich, imagine the talent that will be left out of the squad regularly. Isco, Modric and pass-master Xabi Alonso's place in the starting 11 would all be up for grabs and I do not think any player of this type of quality want to be a bench player, even if it is for perhaps the greatest club in the world.
Too much talent?
It would be wise to buy either Rodriguez or Kroos, not both, unless Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti identifies some players must be sold to make space for any new arrivals.
In my own opinion, I do not think a move to Real Madrid isn't the right move for Colombia's star man. It seems Rodriguez relishes the challenge of being the key player and thrives of the pressure, although he may definitely improve whilst playing with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, he wouldn't stand out to us like we know he should.
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