Monaco star 'convinced' team-mate Rodriguez will 'join a big club'

Previously wanted by Manchester United and currently on Real Madrid's radar, World Cup stand-out James Rodriguez, of Colombia, continues to hog headlines.

He has swiftly turned into the breakout star of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil thanks to a return of five goals and two assists from four appearances and, with great performances comes great transfer speculation as James Rodriguez, 22, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid despite signing for AS Monaco just last year and having four more seasons remaining on his contract with the cash-rich Ligue 1 team.

Previously associated with a transfer to Manchester United, any move seems unlikely this summer when considering the sums that would be involved.

James transferred from FC Porto to the French Riveira for £35 million last summer and, considering his performance-levels for Monaco last term (one goal or assist every 119 minutes) and his starring role in Brazil, his market value will only have increased.

However, for the player's team-mate at Stade Louis II, a big move is just a few season's away.

Defender Borja Lopez said: "I'm convinced he'll join a big club within the next two or three years at the most. I can't say he's definitely a future Ballon d'Or winner, but if he keeps up this sort of form, why not?"

While much is made over Rodriguez's obvious creativity, his positional sense, ability to play in multiple positions and his prolificacy from dead-ball situations, Lopez reveals he is also a good character to have in the dressing room.

Said Lopez: "He and I hit it off straight away. He's very humble both on the pitch, where he always works hard and isn't at all selfish, and off it. He's the type of person it's impossible to get angry with: a very cheerful guy you can talk to about anything."

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