Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez believes that the Premier League is too “physical”
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Arsenal and Manchester United are set to suffer a transfer blow, with The Guardian reporting that James Rodriguez is not interested in a move to the Premier League.
Rodriguez joined Monaco from Porto for £38.5m last summer, but has been heavily linked with a move to England and Spain following his excellent World Cup performances for Colombia.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, who can also play out wide, scored six goals in five tournament matches, including the consolation penalty in last night’s 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Brazil, and the ‘goal of the tournament’ contender against Uruguay.
Rodriguez scored 10 goals and made 12 assists in his first season with the French side, following 32 goals in 105 games during three seasons with Portuguese giants Porto.
He is one of the most critically acclaimed young talents in the world, and a fee of around £60m has been rumored for any club wanting to sign him. Real Madrid are firm favourites for his signature, while English clubs have been struck a blow after Rodriguez claimed the Premier League was “too physical” for him.
“I’ve said in the past that I’d like to play in Spain one day, because it is a league that is good technically, and where you get a lot of touches on the ball, which is my style,” he said.
“The Premier League is maybe a bit physical at this stage. But I am a Monaco player and I’m not thinking about anything like that at the moment.”