Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama has told Caracol Radio that James Rodriguez has got to leave Real Madrid amid reported interest from Premier League clubs Arsenal, Wolves and Everton, ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
A number of injuries have limited the former Bayern Munich loanee to just 13 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring only one goal. The 76-time Colombia international is expected to leave Real this summer.
Spanish newspaper Marca has claimed that Arsenal, Everton and Wolves are all interested in the 28-year-old playmaker, who is yet to rediscover his stunning 2014 World Cup form that first earned him a move to Real Madrid.
111-time Colombia international Valderrama, who is renowned for his enormous hair and his intricate array of passing, stated that Rodriguez has got to leave Madrid this summer – and reckons the midfielder can play for any side.
“James is big enough to make his own decisions now,” Valderrama said. “If it was me, I’d be running away from Madrid. He’s good enough to play for any team. I wouldn’t doubt for an instant. He’s a great player, he’s already proved it.”
TBR’s view – Which club is best for James?
It is a tricky one. Wolves are the best-placed side to push on and rival Chelsea for Champions League football, and certainly, Rodriguez would form a stunning midfield alongside Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.
They are a club on the up, while Everton are also improving. The chance to work under Carlo Ancelotti for a third time could also tempt Rodriguez, having worked alongside the Italian at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are desperate for a replacement for Mesut Ozil and Rodriguez could be that man – and he would be alongside much more high-profile players compared to Everton and Wolves.
All in all, under Arteta and alongside the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, Rodriguez has got to choose Arsenal.