James Rodriguez was one of the stars of this year’s World Cup in Brazil, and the 23-year-old has admitted that a move to Real Madrid would be a dream come true for him, but also acknowledges that his future depends on Monaco, according to the Mirror.
Rodriguez, who earned the title of the Golden Boot after scoring six goals in five games during Colombia’s successful run in Brazil, has been linked heavily to the Spanish giants, who are rumoured to be considering a €70million bid. The Colombian has spoken out, saying that the opportunity to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, and play with some of the current crop of stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Xabi Alonso and Gareth Bale would be a dream come true for him.
Rodriguez to Real
Rodriguez said that he is flattered to be linked to a club of such magnitude, and will he has respect for other clubs, if Real Madrid were to come calling, it would be hard to say no.
The price may seem slightly high for a player who has only really caught the world’s attention after a month, but Rodriguez doesn’t seem fazed about the price tag that could see his dream become a reality.
The 23 year old said: “I only do my work on the pitch. I’m not bothered about those things.”
The attacking midfielder has proved this after more than fulfilling the £38.5million that Monaco paid Porto for the youngster’s services last summer. The Colombian scored 10 goals in 38 appearances last season for Monaco as they finished second behind PSG.
Rodriguez is fully aware that his club have the final say, and he respects this, saying how grateful he is to the president of Monaco for giving him the chance to play for the principality
Rodriguez's World Cup
Much was expected of Rodriguez during Colombia’s World Cup campaign, especially with the withdrawal of his Monaco teammate and fellow countryman Radamel Falcao, who was ruled out by injury. With Falcao failing to recover in time, the burden of the nation’s expectations were put on the shoulders of the young attacking midfielder, but the performances that Rodriguez displayed in Brazil showed no evidence that it was getting to him.
If he can maintain the kind of performance’s that saw him dazzle at the World Cup, there is no reason why he should not be a big star in Madrid, if the move goes ahead.
With age being on his side, if he can make himself a key part of the team, it could be the move that sees him become one of the best players of his age and possibly become as highly regarded as his inspiration, Ronaldo.