James Rodríguez has hit out at Real Madrid during an interview. The Colombian claims that the Spanish club has blocked a move to a fellow La Liga club, possibly Atletico Madrid. The 28-year-old now admits that he is not concentrated on his career at Real Madrid, but looking ahead to the future and a new club.
“They didn’t let me go to the club I wanted to go to. They wanted me to go to another team,” Rodríguez said in an interview with Gol Caracol. “There was a very good proposal from a Spanish team, I would not like to say the name of the team, which Madrid rejected.”
“I started pre-season with Madrid without wanting to. I also had an offer from Italy but it didn’t convince me. My agent Jorge Mendes told me Real Madrid had an offer from China, but I wasn’t ready to go there because I feel I can give a lot more in Europe. Honestly, they didn’t let me go to the club I wanted to play for. They wanted me to go to another team.”
Rodriguez has not been playing much this season and the midfielder admits he has not been given a readon. “It’s a good question, I’d like to know too,” Rodriguez said. “As I’ve said before, when you win trophies with players you trust and you have a settled team, it’s difficult to change. It’s also complicated when your coach doesn’t give you minutes. It’s hard to show what you can do.”
“There hasn’t been any kind of problem [with Zidane]. Each coach has his preferences. We have a normal working relationship… I’m not one of the key players, that’s clear. I’m training and working so that when it’s my turn, I do well.”
The former AS Monaco and FC Porto man also reveals that Bayern Munich hoped to sign him on a permanent deal. “Bayern is a top club, but the one who did not want to continue was me. They wanted to activate the purchase option, but I spoke with a leader so that they did not do it because I was not comfortable and I was not happy.”
“When that happens in your life you have to make decisions, they understood it perfectly. At that time my decision was that and I do not regret it.” Rodriguez’s current deal runs out in 2021 and it is very unlikely that he will be a Real Madrid player next season.