Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that James Rodriguez will stay at Ligue 1 moneybags Monaco for the up coming campaign.
As reported by the Daily Express, the Gunners chief, who has been extremely busy in this summer transfer window, has suggested the Colombian forward will eventually look for a move out of France.
Rodriguez was one of the stars of the World Cup, as he topped the scoring charts in Brazil with six goals. Unsurprisingly a number of the elite clubs in world football have since been linked with a move for his services, with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United seemingly interested.
However, despite the rumours regarding Rodriguez's future, Wenger has insisted that he expects the Colombian star to stay at Monaco in 2014/15.
"I believe that’s true [that he is too big for Monaco]. Why? Because a player like that is difficult to keep at a club when you have Real Madrid and Barcelona looking around, and without a doubt there will be people who will be watching them play and thinking about buying him," Wenger told beIN Sports.
“Is this the year that he will move? Certainly not because he is with Monaco and they will play Champions League next season and they are a big club in France.
“But certainly in the next season or two he will want to move somewhere else.”
It's not surprising, however, that Manchester United have been linked with a move for the £63 million rated superstar. With Louis van Gaal now in charge of the Red Devils, the Dutchman will be desperate to help United return to the summit of the Premier League.
The new United chief has already secured the services of the likes of English teenage Luke Shaw and Spanish ace Ander Herrera, however it's expected that he will further add to his squad ahead of the new season.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, have already completed the major signing of World Cup winner Toni Kroos. The German international completed his move to the Bernabeu yesterday, as Carlo Ancelotti's side look to make it back-to-back major European titles.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the likes of Madrid and United step up their interest in Rodriguez, or if they wait until next summer to sign the man of the moment.
Wenger, much like Van Gaal, has already completed two major transfers in this window. The Gunners boss has added Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez and French full-back Mathieu Debuchy to his ranks, but it's uncertain as to whether he will make any further moves this summer.
Arsenal fans will certainly be excited ahead of the new season, with the Gunners looking to build upon their FA Cup success and mount a Premier League title challenge next term.