Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez snubbed a move to Inter Milan in the summer because they aren’t a big enough club, according to reports in America.
Sports Illustrated claims that speaking to Real over a fee wasn’t the issue but the talks broke down when it came to discussing personal terms with the player.
Reports understand that Inter – who have recently been taken over by Chinese investors – made a bid of £73million (€85m) during the summer transfer window.
Rodriguez is thought to have rejected the chance to move to Inter as he doesn’t believe the Serie A giants are a big enough club for him.
The Colombia international has struggled to break into the starting XI under current manager Zinedine Zidane and the report claims he still wants to leave Bernabeu.
The Manchester Evening News reports that United pursued Rodriguez in the summer transfer window but the Champions League winners wanted too much money.
He was valued at £60million by Real and the Red Devils are said to be plotting another bid next year.
However, the report suggests that United’s interest in Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann could cool their pursuit of Rodriguez.