James Rodriguez transfer news: Colombia star admits he would prefer a move to Madrid over Barcelona as he continues to take World Cup by storm

Rodriguez has five goals in four games in Brazil, including a wonder-volley that helped knock Uruguay out of the tournament on Saturday night

James Rodriguez has taken the World Cup in Brazil by storm as he scored a wonder goal to help Colombia knock Uruguay out of the tournament and spark talk of a summer transfer to some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Rodriguez scored a brace against a Uruguay side that looked lost without the banned Luis Suarez, giving Colombia a 2-0 victory over their South American rivals and booking their place in the quarter-finals for the first time in the nation’s history in the World Cup.

His first was a sublime volley that joined the growing contenders for goal of the tournament, as he followed Robin Van Persie’s super-header and Tom Cahill’s volley on his weaker foot with his own chest-and-volley effort that left onlookers stunned.

After the match, the Monaco attacking midfielder is said to have admitted that he would favour a move to Spain, and in particular one of the Champions League finalists in either Real Madrid or Atletico.

 

Rodrigiuez told Cadena Cope: “I would love to play in Spain. “It would be a dream to play there - it is the best league in the world.”

When he was pushed to name a club in Spain, Rodriguez said: “I prefer Madrid to Barcelona.”

Rodriguez joined Monaco from Porto last year for 45m euros, making his sale the second most expensive transfer in Portuguese history after Zenit St Petersburg’s 60m euros signing of Hulk.

Despite Monaco’s rapid rise from Ligue 2 to qualifying for Champions League football in the space of a season thanks to significant investment from Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, the allure of playing in a far more competitive league appears to stand out to the 22-year-old, who is quickly becoming one of the most talked about names in world football.

The top-two in Ligue 1 is likely to be current champions Paris St-Germain and Monaco, and the competition in Spain has certainly increased thanks to Atletico Madrid’s shock league victory last season after they saw off the challenge of Real and Barcelona.

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Speaking about the win over Uruguay, Rodriguez couldn’t contain his delight at progressing to the last-eight where they will face another South American side in host’s Brazil, and he was quick to stress that his own personal achievements were not in his mind as he focuses on trying to help his country reach the semi-finals.

“I'm happy because we won and we are through,” he continued.

“There's no chance to value what I'm doing - maybe when this is over. Now you have to try to play every game like it's your last.

“But it is historic - a dream come true for me. I always wanted to score in the Maracana and now I have.

“Uruguay had a lot of men behind the ball, so we needed plenty of movement up front and we got it. Now things are going to get harder but I believe we can go a long way.”

Monaco would not be pressed in to selling Rodriguez considering their considerable financial backing, meaning the attacking midfielder may have to push for an exit himself if he is to fulfil his desire to head to Spain.

He will get a chance to shine in Europe regardless of a move as Monaco return to the Champions League next season, having finished second in Ligue 1 this season in their first year back in the top flight in France.

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