Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez was overlooked for Saturday night’s Champions League final, with Zinedine Zidane not even opting to put the Colombian on the substitutes bench.
This controversial move from Zidane now looks to have pushed Rodriguez firmly towards the Santiago Bernabeu exit door this summer, with Manchester United and Chelsea looming, reports the Mail Online.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has reportedly already been offered to Chelsea, as Madrid look to sell the man they bought for £71million from Monaco after the last World Cup.
After seemingly cooling their interest in Antoine Griezmann, Manchester United are also looking for a big name signing this summer to boost their Champions League and Premier League ambitions next season.
Despite only making 22 appearances for Real Madrid this season, Rodriguez’s class is still undeniable as highlighted by BT Sport pundit Steven Gerrard:
“This is the reason why Real Madrid are a level above the Premier League teams at the moment. James would walk into 99 per cent of Premier League teams. It’s a team full of Galacticos and there’s one who can’t even get into the 18. It just shows how strong they are,” claimed Gerrard.
With Real Madrid reportedly looking to spend again this summer in attacking areas, with Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappé recently linked, it will likely be the case the Rodriguez is sold.
Rodriguez himself will also be looking for first team Champions League football next season, however Chelsea and Manchester United will have to act quickly if they want to get their man.