Despite speculation over his future at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has heaped praise on James Rodriguez by stating the 25-year-old is one of the best players in the world.
Despite receiving glowing praise from his club’s president Rodriguez was omitted from Zinedine Zidane’s Champions League matchday squad – where they won a record twelfth European Cup – and only made 13 starts for the club in La Liga last season.
The Colombian international made the move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 following a move from Monaco in a deal worth £71m, and has since made over 100 appearances for the Spanish giants – scoring over 30 goals.
Despite ranking him as one of the world’s greatest players, club president Perez insisted that the club’s interests will always come before those of any player.
Incredible that some think James Rodriguez is overrated. He. Is. World. Class. He will be a beast with games week in week out. #mufc
— Jo (@OnTheJoSlow) May 16, 2017
Perez told esRadio, via Goal: “He is one of the best players in the world.
“He is at Madrid… we have to match the interests of the players with ours, but prevailing those of Madrid.”
With his game time severely limited, the 25-year-old is reportedly expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer and has been linked with a move, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Milan seemingly linked with the Colombian.
Rodriguez would certainly add a significant amount of star quality to any team in Europe, and the midfielder will not be short of options as he weighs up his future over the summer, with the writing on the wall seemingly suggesting a move away from the Bernabeu will bring about a consistent run of games – with the World Cup only a short time away.