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Chelsea Linked With This Colombian Superstar: Much Needed For The Next Season?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

James Rodriguez has been one of the players who has not seen much of the action in the recently concluded season, having made only 22 appearances throughout the season for his club Real Madrid. He was brought into the club after his gallant performance in the FIFA World Cup for his national team Columbia in 2014 but has been severely underplayed in the last couple of seasons under the coaching of the new manager Zinedine Zidane.

This has reportedly infuriated the Colombian skipper who is looking to make a move out of Santiago Bernabeu in the upcoming transfer season. A number of big name clubs, including the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are looking to bag the player for the next season to strengthen their team, as they will be playing in the Champions League in the next season, and are looking to bring in players who have the experience of playing in European competitions.

Rodriguez was brought in by Real Madrid for a whopping £60 million in 2014 and was expected to display some of the form that he showed in the World Cup for his National team. However, he was nowhere near that and has been out of favour under the new manager Zidane. The Frenchman picked Spanish youngsters Lucas Vazquez, Isco and Marco Asensio ahead of him and pushed him down the pecking order, to be used more as a substitute than a first team player.

Reportedly, both the Blues and the Red Devils are looking to bring in the Colombian ace for the next season, however, Chelsea are currently looking to be in pole position.  However, the Red Devils are not in the mood to give up on their chase for James and are quite confident of landing him in Old Trafford in the next term.

Chelsea might have to let go of their charismatic midfielder Eden Hazard next season to grave interest from Real Madrid and is in dire need of a suitable replacement for their Belgian ace. James Rodriguez, with his prowess and pace, can be a handful for the West London club, scoring goals as well as setting up assists for his teammates, providing them with the opportunity to score.

As per sources, Fiorentino Perez, the Club President of Real Madrid, has said that James is going nowhere in the summer. However, with Zidane looking to offload the player in the summer and bring in someone new in his place, it is quite certain that the Colombian skipper might be signing for a new team in the summer.

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