The midfielder had agreed to join Atlético de Madrid in 2019, but Real Madrid did not let him join the rival club.
James Rodríguez assured that Real Madrid refused to let him join Atlético de Madrid in the summer of 2019, when his loan to Bayern Munich ended. Until today, the Colombian had contented himself with pointing out that the White House had prevented him from leaving, without revealing the possible destination.
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If it was an open secret that this team was Atéltico de Madrid, the eternal rival of Real, James Rodríguez confirmed it this Thursday during an interview offered on the ESPN television network. “Last year at Real Madrid, I played little. When I decided to leave Bayern Munich, I had already had something with another club, it was practically done, but Real Madrid did not want not let me go “, first told the current player of Everton, where he met the technician Carlo Ancelotti last summer.
“I was ready but Real Madrid wouldn’t let me go”
Immediately, the reporter asked him which club was and James did not hesitate: “It was Atlético de Madrid. It was almost done. I spoke with Simeone once and he told me that I was a super important player, that I was working well and that I could play with him. “. But the final decision was that of President Florentino Pérez.
“I told him I was ready but Real Madrid wouldn’t let me go. Maybe because it was Atlético, but you have to ask Florentino Pérez. But I knew that with Zidane I didn’t ‘wasn’t going to play a lot. Now that I’m at Everton, I want to show that I’m intact. When I did things well, when I played well, I was at a good level. “, said the attacking midfielder, who has regained his colors on the other side of the Channel, in a championship considered to be the most challenging in the world.
Still prone to injuries, James Rodriguez has played no less than 18 Premier League appearances this season, including scoring five goals and contributing largely to the good season for the ambitious Toffees, who are preserving all their chances of qualifying for the next edition of the Champions League.