Ex-Monaco chief drops hint over James Rodriguez' future

James Rodriguez playing for Columbia

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur may struggle to get a deal done for James Rodriguez this summer.

Former AS Monaco Sporting Director Tor-Kristian Karlsen has possible bad news for any side looking to sign Colombian star James Rodriguez this summer.

The attacking star scored a belter of a goal as Colombia progressed to the last eight of the World Cup, but the former Monaco chief doesn’t expect the player to move for another season.

Speaking about Colombia and Rodriguez on Radio 5Live’s Sunday breakfast show, the Norwegian simply stated: ‘I expect he’ll stay with Monaco for at least another season’.

Manchester United have been mentioned as a potential club for the player over the last couple of days as executives at Old Trafford continue to work hard on transfer deals for new manager Louis van Gaal.

United have wrapped up transfers for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, with further signings likely to arrive following the World Cup in Brazil.

Tottenham have also emerged as a potential destination for the forward although the £50 million asking price was always going to be a stumbling block for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

With Spurs having spent over £100 million on players last summer, it’s unlikely that chairman Daniel Levy would have commissioned such an expensive deal for a single player.

The player himself has also made quite public comments that should he ever leave Monaco, he’s likely to want a Spanish move with Real Madrid or Barcelona his preferred destinations.

“I would love to play in Spain. It would be a dream to play there - it is the best league in the world,” he told Cadena Cope.

The 22-year-old is undoubtedly a huge talent but with his contract not set to expire until 2018 and with Monaco under no pressure to sell, Karlsen may be correct with his prediction unless a side is willing to stump up a lot of cash.

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