With continuous speculation, is it time for James to move on?
May 18, 2020, 3:57 a.m.
James Rodriguez has been among the top players in the world ever since his magisterial World Cup in 2014. Although he has not been in his best form this season, the Columbian International has achieved success at both club and country level and is known for his glorious vision and sublime crosses. According to a recent report, Rodriguez, currently a Real Madrid player, might be joining his cross-town rivals this summer. Columbian radio station, ‘Blu Radio’, reported that the 28-year old midfielder is very close to signing for Atletico Madrid. As absurd as it sounds, this should not come across as a surprise for Real Madrid fans as the Columbian was linked to Atletico last summer as well. James, who came back to Madrid after a 2-year loan spell in Bayern Munich, failed to impress Zinedine Zidane. The fact that he has only featured for 650 minutes across 13 games for Madrid this season shows that he is far from being Zidane’s go-to player. Due to this, most Madrid fans feel that James might be looking for a change this summer. Atletico Madrid are going through a rough goalscoring patch having scored just 31 goals in 27 league games this season. The lack of creativity and aggression in the midfield has played a major role in these shocking numbers. They would welcome a player like James who can not only provide them with the defense splitting passes but also chip in with a hefty number of goals from the midfield. Recent records show that the players moving from Bernabeu to the Wanda Metropolitano have performed well for Simeone’s men. Alvaro Morata is currently their leading goalscorer and Marcos Llorente played an instrumental part for the Rojiblancos when they pulled off the upset of the season as they knocked out the defending Champions, Liverpool, from the Champions League. It doesn’t seem like Real Madrid will miss James Rodriguez if he decides to leave and in case this transfer happens, it could turn out to be beneficial for all the parties involved.