SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: MANCHESTER UNITED | JAMES RODRIGUEZ SAYS GOODBYE TO FANS

MANCHESTER UNITED | JAMES RODRIGUEZ SAYS GOODBYE TO FANS

REAL MADRID played yesterday their last official match in their home ground, the "Santiago Bernabeu Stadium", against Sevilla FC. It was the last chance this season for the Real Madrid fans & followers to see their heroes in action.

In the 60th min JAMES RODRIGUEZ saw the substitution call & went to the centre of the field & applauded the fans with emotive gratitude. The coming off was paused, honest & the players face signalled  that this perhaps was a final goodbye. Thanks for the memories.

Goodbye Real Madrid

In fact this is the interpretation by most Spanish Football observers, that James Rodriguez did in fact say "goodbye".

News late last week & reconfirmed today is that James Rodriguez has a pre-agreement with Manchester United, via Jose Mourinho, for next season. Both James & Mourinho share the same manager, Jorge Mendes, & thus the contacts have been agile.


James Rodriguez, like others before him e.g. Ozil, came as future Golden Ball candidates & leave (left) with disappointment & a sense of frustration. The reason are many & complex, you can read them elsewhere, but in most cases the attitude of the player has not merged with the necessities of the "biggest Football Club in the World". To leave Real Madrid ( & FC Barcelona ) is to step down the scale & play in a "lesser" environment : my absolute respect for all Clubs. The history of comments made publicly & expressed attitudes by James has not helped him at all, the Columbian has not managed well his time on the bench. The explosion of the likes of Isco & now Asensio has also narrowed the window of opportunity in the future & it may have signalled its "time to move on".

It is now up to the Clubs to conclude the transfer, if at all true that James has signed with Man. Utd a pre-contract. Real Madrid will not want to lose money, the Colombian cost around 70M€ & Real Madrid will want to recoup their Investment. Another possibility is that James as entered the operation with United keeper David De Gea, player on the Real Madrid wish list for next season.

Stay tuned!


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