Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

James Rodriguez to Real Madrid: World Cup star pictured in Spanish capital ahead of reported €90m transfer

Shirts are already on sale in Madrid

James Rodriguez was pictured at Adolfo Suarez Madrid–Barajas Airport by a Spanish journalist, Juan Gato.
James Rodriguez was pictured at Adolfo Suarez Madrid–Barajas Airport by a Spanish journalist, Juan Gato.

James Rodriguez has been pictured in Madrid ahead of potentially completing a €90m (£71m) deal to join Real Madrid.

The World Cup star, who was last night seen boarding a plane from Medellin, Colombia, to the Spanish capital, has been reported to have already agreed terms with Real Madrid.

He has now been pictured at Adolfo Suarez Madrid–Barajas Airport by a Spanish journalist, Juan Gato.

French newspaper L'Equipe  said on Saturday night that Monaco would accept a €90m offer from Los Blancos for the 22-year-old who took the World Cup by storm.

They reported that a deal could be completed by Monday, while Spanish paper AS last week said Rodriguez and the defending European champions had already verbally agreed terms.

Rodriguez also allegedly refused to play in Monaco's pre-season freindly against Junior Barranquillo on Sunday night, for fear of an injury ruining his dream move to Los Blancos.

Real Madrid shirts bearing 'James 10' have also reportedly already gone on sale in the Spanish capital.

The No 10 shirt, Rodriguez's preferred number, was vacant at the club last season.

A picture appeared on Twitter by @rm_bgrd with the message: "The Madrid shops already have the shirt in the window".

Rodriguez, who took the World Cup by storm winning the Golden Boot with six goals and two assists as Colombia reached the quarter-final, was shortlisted for the World Cup Golden Ball and has also been nominated for Uefa's Best Player in Europe.

Rodriguez cost Monaco €45m (£36m) last summer and went on to score 10 goals and provide 12 assists in all competitions as Monaco finished second in Ligue 1.

Source: Independent

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