James Rodriguez wants Falcao at Real Madrid

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James Rodriguez is hoping compatriot and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao can join him at Real Madrid.

The Colombian forward has been heavily linked with a move to Madrid that would once again see him link up with Rodriguez.

The two Colombians have played together at two different clubs, first linking up at Porto and again at Monaco.

In an interview with AS that was quoted by Goal, James expressed his desire to see his friend join him in the Spanish capital.

Rodriguez hopeful on Falcao

“I’m sure Falcao can play here. But I’m not the one who decides whether or not he is going to. It’s up to the President. It might happen because he has the quality and attitude of a winner.

"I've played with him for four years, we were only apart when he left for Atletico. He has a winning mentality and that's what he had at Madrid. Hopefully he comes here."

According to reports, Los Blancos could pay a fee of around £10 million for the privilege of taking Falcao on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Rumour mills went into overdrive when it was revealed the Colombian striker followed Gareth Bale, Sami Khedira and Isco on Instagram.

However Carlo Ancelotti has allayed claims that he is in need of another centre forward, despite the departure of Alvaro Morata who joined Juventus earlier this month.

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No need for a striker

Jese Rodriguez, the only other recognised striker aside from Karim Benzema in Real's squad, is still recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained last season.

The Italian manager has experimented with other options upfront, testing out Castilla striker Raul De Tomas and Isco in an unfamiliar false nine role during his side’s friendly defeat to AS Roma.

“I think that in this team we have Benzema who is very reliable and we can also play other players there," explained Ancelotti.

"Isco can be a false nine; it’s not so important to have a centre-forward to score a lot of goals, but rather a player to play Bale or Cristiano in. We’re not going to look for another forward because we don’t need one.”

One certainty is that Benzema will not be going anywhere as he looks close to signing a new contract.

Despite Ancelotti’s words, a possible transfer cannot be ruled out, especially with Perez holding the chequebook. Perhaps one Galactico isn’t enough for the Madrid president.

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