Colombian World Cup sensation James Rodriguez has hinted at a move to Real Madrid this summer by admitting he would be keen to move to La Liga – even though his current club Monaco do not want him to go.
The 22-year-old playmaker – who for some has been the player of the Brazil tournament so far – led his side to the quarter-finals after netting an amazing brace in their 2-0 victory over Uruguay, becoming the first player since the 2002 competition to score in each of the first four matches.
The World Cup's breakout star has been heavily linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu given his excellent performances. Earlier this week it was reported that Real are ready to open talks with the Ligue 1 side to secure Rodriguez as a replacement for Angel Di Maria, who is likely to leave Madrid as he believes the club do not value him highly enough.
According to The Guardian, the attacking midfielder has fuelled rumours about a summer move to Real: "I have said in the past that I would d like to play in Spain one day, because it is a league that is good technically, and where you get a lot of touches on the ball, which is my style."
The Colombian added that he is not interested in the Premier League which, he says, is too physical. "The Premier League is maybe a bit physical at this stage. But I am a Monaco player and I am not thinking about anything like that at the moment. I am now just concentrating on Brazil, which is going to be a wonderful experience for us."
Rodriguez recently revealed his passion for Real Madrid, as saying: "It would be a dream to play there. It is the best league in the world. I prefer Real Madrid to Barcelona."
However, even though his exit from Stade Louis II seems imminent, it will not be easy as the Ligue 1 big spenders paid around £40m to Porto to secure his services last summer.
The vice-president of the Monegasque club, Vadim Vasiley, insisted they do not plan to seek any substitute for James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, adding: "We really want to continue to have Rodriguez and I can say that we do not negotiate with any club," as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
Nevertheless, it will not stop Los Blancos trying to negotiate a deal.