Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez could still secure a move away from the club before next Monday’s transfer deadline, according to Corriere del Mezzogiorno via CaughtOffside.
Rodriguez started his first match for Madrid since returning from a two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich on Saturday, but limped off in the second-half with an injured calf.
It has since been confirmed that the Colombian will miss several weeks worth of action due to the untimely knock, adding to Los Blancos’ growing list of injury concerns.
Due to so many new arrivals at the Bernabeu this summer – including Eden Hazard from Chelsea and Rodrygo Goes from Santos – Rodriguez is expected to see game-time in the Spanish capital fairly difficult to come by this season.
This has sparked debate that he could be set for a move away from the club, with Napoli being mentioned as his preferred destination – the Italian club managed by his former manager at Real and Bayern, Carlo Ancelotti.
Sport report that the 28-year-old’s agent – Jorge Mendes – has asked Madrid to allow Rodriguez to leave the club before Monday’s deadline, though that does look likely due to the amount of injuries manager Zinedine Zidane is already contending with so early on in the campaign.
Rodriguez will surely struggle for starts when the likes of Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio return from injury, however, with Zidane starting him last weekend against Valladolid, there is hope that he can reignite his career at the Bernabeu in some capacity when he himself returns from his latest set-back.
Indeed, during his 57-minute cameo on Saturday, Rodriguez had four shots on goal and made two key passes, while registering a pass completion-rate of 87.5%, per WhoScored, so could definitely be of value to Los Blancos this term; allowing him to leave at this late stage could perhaps prove to be a regrettable decision.
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