Rodriguez to Leave Real Madrid this January, Might Go to Chelsea

James Rodriguez confirmed speculations that he might leave Real Madrid this coming January.


“Things are not going as I would want. But I have had offers and I have these seven days [over the winter break] to think well about everything,” he shared in an interview after their close match against Kashima Antlers.


Rodriguez was one of the unused substitutes in the above-mentioned encounter and obviously, he was unhappy about it.


But despite his personal sentiments, he admitted that he still wants to play for the Los Blancos. However, he stressed his need to have more playing minutes, something, which he is not able to enjoy with his current club.


Rodriguez joined Real Madrid right after the 2014 World Cup.


The young player stole the spotlight after featuring for Colombia and winning the Golden Boot Award. He delivered five major goals and was one of the key figures that propelled his country into the quarter-finals.


Real Madrid bought him for a staggering €80M.


Sadly, he was unable to secure his spot in the squad’s starting XI. He needs to prove himself worthy of the exposure enjoyed by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale and now that Alvaro Morata has returned to Santiago Bernabeu, his place in Zinedine Zidane’s pecking order continues to spiral downwards.


Should he decides to leave, some of his possible destinations are Manchester United, Inter and Chelsea.


United has long been an admirer of the Colombia international. But with the change of manager, his chances of landing at Old Trafford looks dim since it is unclear if Jose Mourinho wants him.


Inter has expressed their interest last summer and was ready to pay an €80M transfer fee. Yet, for some reason, the deal did not push through. Therefore, Rodriguez’s most probable destination is Chelsea.


According to reports, he is seen as Oscar’s perfect replacement, who is making a €60M move to Shanghai SIPG.


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