James Rodriguez has revealed he would like to move to the Premier League as he looks to seal an exit from Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old attacking midfielder has entered the final year of his contract with the Spanish champions. However, he is highly unlikely to play a key role under Zinedine Zidane next season.
Indeed the Colombia international made just 14 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20, as Real were crowned LaLiga champions.
“I’ve already been in several good leagues and the only thing missing is Serie A and the Premier League. You have to see where I want to go or where they want me to go,” he said in an interview with Daniel Habif, via Goal. “Going to England would be a good thing, it’s a top league.
“I too would like to know where I am going. It may take days or weeks until I know where I am going. I really don’t know. I want to go where I can play, where I am happy and where I feel loved by the whole world.”
Real denied playmaker 2019 exit
Rodriguez has revealed that Real denied him the opportunity to leave the club last year. Adding that he hopes to become a first-team regular somewhere else.
He said: “[Zidane] has his own tastes for some players and he is respectable.
“I don’t get involved there. When you see that you don’t have the same opportunities as your team-mates, it’s difficult. I wanted to leave and the club wouldn’t let me leave.
“I wanted to go where I could have played, I knew I would not have opportunities, because Zidane already had his base. My wish was that the fans would have the memory of my previous stage at Madrid, not this. I did get 36 goals and 42 assists.
“[This season] is one of the biggest disappointments of my career. But thank God I am young and I have years ahead of me to be happy.”
James joined Real Madrid from Monaco in 2014 and has scored 37 goals in 125 appearances in all competitions.
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