James Rodriguez is expected to resist moving to Manchester United this summer, according to his Colombian colleague Faustino Asprilla.
The attacking midfielder returned to Real Madrid from a two-year loan to Bayern Munich earlier this season, although he failed to completely conquer the returning boss Zinedine Zidane.
Of the current injury problems, James has only played 13 times for Real in all competitions this season, with only seven of them coming to La LIga.
It now appears destined to be considered a surplus from the club’s requirements, and the former Newcastle striker Asprilla – one of the few Colombians to thrive in the Premier League – thinks that switching to Old Trafford would suit him.
“Manchester United would be a good place for James,” as reported by Asprilla to the Colombian radio station Blu Radio, via the subway.
“It’s been a while since they have won trophies and are thinking of strengthening the team for next season.
“They have good players – like Juan Mata, who plays in a similar style to James, although he’s a little more dynamic and attacking, but I think James can easily adapt to that team.”
James failed to justify the hype that followed his 2014 move to Real Madrid, which came shortly after winning the World Cup Golden Boot.
But Asprilla thinks the 28-year-old can change things if he can find the right environment.
“James has to go where he will play, a club where the coach has specifically asked for it and wants him on his team,” said the former Newcastle striker.
“Not where it will be an impulse to sign, bought on a whim by the president. With his talent, he could play anywhere.”