Real Madrid The Opinion of Carlos Gonzalez
MARCA already know that James Rodriguez only wants to go to Atletico Madrid, he doesn’t want to leave the Spanish capital. His dream was to return to Real Madrid, but that was quashed by Zinedine Zidane.
The Colombian has the chance to sign for Napoli, but once Los Rojiblancos appeared, everything changed. Now the only team in his head is the fiercest rival of his current club, yes, the one that is trained by Diego Simeone.
James is well within his rights to choose his own destiny, but Real Madrid would be committing a serious error if he ends up signing for Atleti, irrespective of what the other club in Madrid would be willing to pay.
If the Colombian gets to cross the street if you will, then all the criticism of supporters would go to the director’s box, and Florentino Perez knows this. Few would understand, it’s basically playing with fire.
Real Madrid have already allowed Marcos Llorente to move to Atleti this summer, a player who has Los Blancos DNA.
This was a transfer that upset a lot of supporters who considered the midfielder to be one of their own. However, the role Llorente will have with Atletico Madrid would likely never have the impact that James could have in that shirt.
Llorente is a defensive midfielder who doesn’t step into the opposing half too often, he won’t decide matches and his main task is to cover gaps, a tactical footballer. He’s a great player, but he doesn’t have the same media level as the Colombian international.
James‘ case is different. If he is at his very best then the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano can enjoy a spectacular left foot. He’s a player who can approach 15 goals in a season. In addition, both Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata can benefit from the tremendous passing ability he has.
The former Monaco star can become one of the idols for Atleti supporters. It’s true that he wasn’t a regular with Bayern Munich, and that has taken its toll, in addition to the injuries which sidelines him.
However, his potential is unquestionable and it would be very hard for Real Madrid to see how they have let a footballer escape fully to their biggest rival alongside Barcelona.
If James succeeded at Atletico then the damage to Real Madrid would be multiplied.
There’s no doubt that it would be a tremendous mistake on their part and a great success story for Atletico, who would add another huge player to their squad.
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