Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez has reportedly informed the club that he wants to move on this summer due to a lack of playing time.
The Colombian international arrived in the Spanish capital in 2014, but failed to make a consistent impact under either Rafael Benitez or Zinedine Zidane this season.
Having been limited to 32 appearances in all competitions this past year, scoring eight goals and providing 10 assists, the final straw came with his snub in the Champions League final.
According to Marca, he has insisted that he wants to leave this summer, despite the fact that his agent, Jorge Mendes, and the club themselves noted a fortnight ago that he was not considered to be available on the transfer market.
As he prepares for the Copa America, Rodriguez has communicated that his desire to play regular football has resulted in him wanting to quit the Bernabeu, and although Real have not changed their stance on the matter, they don’t wish to keep a player against his will.
The former Monaco star has a €500m release clause in his contract, but naturally, that is merely to put the club in a strong position if they eventually decide that they have to sell.
It remains to be seen though what level of fee will be required for the Spanish giants to consider their options, although they will undoubtedly want to try an recoup as much of the €75m that they spent two years ago in signing Rodriguez.
Given where he was after the World Cup in 2014, it’s a shame to see the Colombian star fail to have the long-term desired impact in Madrid. Ultimately, it comes down to competition for places, and as far as his career goes, it makes perfect sense that Rodriguez wishes to move on and become an important part of a team elsewhere.