Transfer Focus: James Rodriguez to be excluded from Champions League final

According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, James Rodriguez looks set to be excluded from Real Madrid’s Champions League final squad – casting further doubts over his future at the Bernabeu.

What’s the Word?

Zinedine Zidane is reported to be no longer considering 25-year-old James Rodriguez for Real Madrid selection, fuelling speculation of the Colombian moving to Manchester United this summer.

Recent reports have suggested that James Rodriguez could be on his way to Old Trafford in the near future, after Madrid offered Jose Mourinho the chance to sign former Monaco man.

And it seems that the final nail in the coffin has been added by Zidane, who will not select Rodriguez in the Real Madrid squad for their Champions League final clash with Juventus on Saturday.

How good has Rodriguez been this season?

In spite of his distinct lack of game time this season, James Rodriguez, who is rated at £42.5million by Transfermarkt, has continued to prove why he is one of the best attacking talents in Europe.

The 25-year-old scored 11 goals and contributed eight assists in 30 appearances for Madrid. He was often used in central midfield this season, which actually proved his most fruitful role.

The Colombian played 13 times in the centre of the park, scoring five goals and providing four assists. Considering he has spent most of his professional career on the wing, that return is mightily impressive.

It shows Rodriguez is perhaps a more versatile player than many would realise, suggesting Mourinho should be able to find a role for him in the Red Devils squad.

 


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