James Rodriguez determined to emulate Angel Di Maria

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James Rodriguez admits he is determined to follow in the footsteps of Angel Di Maria at the Bernabeu.

Di Maria was one of the crown jewels for Los Blancos as the club sealed their tenth Champions League title last season. Despite his good form, he was sold to Manchester United in order to make room for Rodriguez.

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It was a transfer decision that few in the Spanish capital have agreed with; most notably Cristiano Ronaldo has publicly stated his discontent with Florentino Perez's decision.

Not only was it controversial, but it also heaped even more pressure on Rodriguez to hit the ground running following his £71 million move from AS Monaco. Having starred so prominently in the World Cup, Real Madrid fans were expecting him to continue that form instantly in La Liga.

Heir to the throne

But Rodriguez has, so far, not let that pressure get to him. In fact, he has invited even more pressure on himself by stating that he is fully determined to be just as successful as Di Maria was at Real Madrid.

"As for Di María, he is a great player. He made history here and I have a lot of respect for him," James told reporters.

"I have only just joined, but I want to make history with Real Madrid as well.

"I am comfortable here and I want to do everything the coach tells me to do. I just want to help so we can win."


Despite costing an exceptional amount of money, Real Madrid president Perez declared as one with the future in mind. Ronaldo will soon be the wrong side of 30 and the 23-year-old Rodriguez could be considered a potential replacement.

Di Maria left for Manchester United in a £59.7 million deal and has so far had an excellent start to life at Old Trafford. Three assists and three goals in five starts has not helped in Perez's attempts to justify the sale. Instead the Argentina international, who earns a £180,000-a-week basic wage at Manchester United, looks to be an astute addition.

Rodriguez has impressed as well. One goal and two assists has taken the spotlight away from him for now. However, a poor start to the La Liga season threatens to turn fans against him.

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