The Real Madrid player James Rodriguez has said that he is considering his future with the team and may leave during the January transfer window.
Rodriguez, who is a Colombia international, says that he is happy in Spain but would like some more playing time. He hasn’t had a consistent place in the starting line-up since Zinedine Zidane took charge of the team.
On Sunday the 25 year old was an unused substitute when Real Madrid defeated Kashima Antlers 4 – 2 in the Club World Cup final in Yokohama.
Speaking after that match Rodriguez said, “I can’t assure I will stay at Real Madrid”. He went on to say that he has had offers from other clubs and he will be thinking about his future this week.
Rodriguez said that while he is happy in Madrid he wishes to play more and he has been left with a “bitter feeling” as he wanted to play in the final. Nonetheless he said he is pleased that the team won what is the fifteenth title in his career.
There have been reports in English newspapers that Premier League leaders Chelsea are interested in signing him as he could be a possible replacement for Oscar if the Brazilian goes to China. According to these reports Rodriguez could cost as much as £75 million.
In the 2014 World Cup Rodriguez was one of the stars of the tournament during which he scored six goals in five games to land the Golden Boot award as his team reached the quarter finals.
In the past Rodriguez moved to Monaco from Porto for £38.5 million and he then transferred to Real Madrid after the World Cup for £71 million.
Since moving he has scored a total of 21 times for Real Madrid but this season he has only scored twice.