James Rodriguez could reportedly be willing to swap Real Madrid for city rivals, Atletico Madrid, this summer in order to get more playing time. Most of the football world thought Rodríguez would have departed last summer but, to the surprise of many, he ended up starting for Los Blancos at the beginning of the season.
However, due to falling out of favour with Zinedine Zidane and a number of injuries, James has not played in a single La Liga match since the middle of October. El Golazo de Gol claims that the Madrid boss is not a big fan of Rodriguez, as a result of which the Colombian international has played only 13 matches so far this season.
Atleti would be keen on moving for the 28-year-old, and Madrid will likely allow him to leave on a relatively cheap deal, considering that his contract with Los Blancos expires in 2021. Before the ongoing 2019-20 season began, the Los Rojiblancos were heavily linked with him although the move failed to take off in the end.
Rodriguez joined Madrid in 2014, following a brilliant FIFA World Cup campaign with his national team. The Los Blancos signed him from AS Monaco for a whopping €75million, making him one of the most expensive players of that time.
In 2017, he was loaned to Bayern Munich, where he played 67 matches in two seasons, scoring 15 times along with providing 20 assists. He returned to Madrid last summer, but failed to make much of an impact.