James Rodriguez is enjoying football again in the Premier league, but he was very close to staying not only in Spain but in the city of Madrid itself.
After being ostracized in the Real Madrid, Atlético was interested in him to the point that they had the agreement practically closed. He had even had conversations with the one who was going to be his coach, the Cholo SimeoneBut James ended up going to Everton. According to the footballer, the culprit was Florentino Pérez.
“Last year at Real Madrid I played little. When I decided to leave Bayern Munich I already had something with another club, it was practically done. It was Atlético de Madrid. Real Madrid did not want to let me out. I spoke with the ‘Cholo’ Simeone. He told me that he was a super important player, that I could play with him. You have to ask Florentino Pérez why he didn’t leave me. I don’t know those things, “the coffee soccer player told ESPN.
James went to Everton, at the express request of Carlo Ancelotti, in September 2020. Real Madrid let him go free, after having paid around 80 million euros for him in 2014.
Despite what he promised, and without even considering his time at the white club a failure, he did not end up becoming a permanent fixture and with Zidane he disappeared. His long-term loan (he spent two seasons on loan) in the Bayern Munich showed that he still had football in his boots, but he did not convince the Frenchman and in 2019/20, his last season at Madrid, He only played 14 games without standing out in any of them.