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Former Real Madrid playmaker opens up on failed Atletico Madrid transfer in 2019

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Two UEFA Champions League titles, two Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two La Liga titles and a Spanish Super Cup – this extensive list of silverware is the collection James Rodriguez accumulated during his spell with Real Madrid.

Earlier this week, the Colombian spoke to El Chiringuito TV about the end of his Real Madrid career. Atletico Madrid were close to acquiring his services in the summer of 2019, but the deal fell apart in the final minute.

When asked to explain why his move to Diego Simeone’s side failed, Rodriguez said: “It was the second year I was at Bayern Munich. In March, I see that there is great interest from Atletico Madrid and Bayern wanted to buy me at that time.

“I wanted to be close to my children and in Munich I was alone. I told the club that I didn’t want them to exercise the purchase option.

“At first they told me no, but then they said yes. They talked about contracts and prices. Almost everything was done, but after losing 7-3 to Atletico in pre-season, [Real] Madrid didn’t let me out.”

The game referred to by the player is the infamous International Champions Cup Madrid derby on 27th July 2019. The game at MetLife Stadium saw Los Blancos torn apart by Atletico. At the hour mark, the men in white trailed 6-0.

Rodriguez signed for Real Madrid in 2014 after an impressive World Cup campaign and spent three years in Spain. He then moved to Bayern Munich on loan until 2019 and looked for an exit from Real Madrid immediately after the conclusion of his spell in Germany.

After his move to Atletico fell apart, the player stayed at the club for another season before joining Everton in 2020 as a free agent. Now, he plays for Al Rayyan in the Stars League.

In 195 career appearances for Real Madrid, the Colombian playmaker scored 37 goals. Yet, statistics will never do justice to the stupendous and jaw-dropping goals he scored for the club with his magical left foot.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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