James Rodriguez has said he is thinking about asking for a move away from Real Madrid in the January transfer window and has opened the way to a stunning Premier League switch in January.
The Colombia international joined the Spanish club for £63million after the 2014 World Cup where he scored six goals in five appearances and got the Golden Boot trophy during Colombia’s journey till quarter-finals. He also impressed during his debut campaign for the Los Blancos scoring 13 goals in 29 league appearances.
However, under the new boss Zinedine Zidane, the midfielder has hardly got any regular game-time and fallen down the pecking order behind youngsters Vazquez, Asensio and Diaz.
The 25-year-old Colombia international, under contract until 2018, spent the greater part of this season on the bench, has made only four league starts this season and also had no impact in Real’s 4-2 win over Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup triumph on Sunday.
The Real Madrid midfielder said he has gotten offers to leave European champions and is thinking about his future in order to play more often.
“I have had offers and I have these seven days to think well about everything. I want to stay, but you must think about everything. I cannot assure you what will happen, as I want to play more,” he said after the winning the Club World Cup.
“I am happy in Madrid, but I want to play more. I have a bitter feeling as I wanted to play the final, but I am happy for the title. It’s the 15th title in my career,” he added.
There were earlier reports that James has been linked with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Arsenal. But now according to reports in England, Premier League leaders Chelsea have gone ahead in the race and targeted the Real Madrid attacker as a replacement of Oscar who has likely set his sight on China. It is understood that Real Madrid has slapped a fee of £75m on James and if the English League Leaders can sell the Brazilian to Chinese Club Shanghai SIPG for £60m, then a move to Premier League could happen in the next transfer window.