James To Man Utd: Rodriguez Offered ‘Crucial Role’ By Jose Mourinho
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen on roping in Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez in the next transfer window and has guaranteed the out-of-favour Real Madrid star, a crucial role in his team.
Foottheball sources confirm that Mourinho has advised Rodriguez to make a switch to Old Trafford. Earlier, Manchester United was heavily linked with the Real Madrid midfielder before he rose to fame at the 2014 World Cup.
Colombian captain James Rodriguez saw a dip in his form last season as he failed to live up to the expectations of the club manager Zinedine Zidane and also the board officials.
The talented midfielder has failed to find a place in the first team under Zidane and has drawn a lot of criticism from the fans.
With in-form players like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos already in the squad, the Colombian is struggling to earn game time. He is now facing stiff competition from the likes of Isco, Mateo Kovacic and Casemiro.
Inter Milan were keen on roping in the services of the Colombian midfielder and had made a tempting bid to lure away Rodriguez to Italy, towards the fag end of the summer transfer window. However, sources claim that Rodriguez rejected the move because he believed that a switch to Italy would take him a step down in his footballing career.
Chinese investors, Suning Commerce Group have recently taken a 68.55% controlling stake at Inter Milan for an approximate amount of £220m.
Sources claim that the Suning group, who are also the owners of the Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning were keen on splurging huge cash in order to bring Rodriguez to Italy.
However, the Colombian star chose to stay put at Real Madrid and fight for a place in the first team under coach Zidane.
“I will fight to earn my place. That’s my dream,” he said. “I will stay at Real Madrid, I will succeed here.
“I know that the club received an €85m bid for me, but I’m not leaving.”