Former Monaco sporting director Tor-Kristian Karlsen has suggested reported Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target James Rodriguez is being misrepresented by someone pretending to be the player’s agent.
Unsurprisingly, Rodriguez’ impressive performances for Colombia at the World Cup have sparked speculation that the Premier League duo could make moves for the £50 million rated attacker once the tournament in Brazil finishes.
However, Karlsen has suggested through Twitter that only reports bearing the name of the player’s real agent, Jorge Mendes, should be taken seriously.
Quite bizarre seeing dozens of international newspapers quoting a little known agent pretending to represent James Rodriguez— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) June 30, 2014
Last time I checked (this morning) James Rodriguez was still represented by Jorge Mendes— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) June 30, 2014
Rodriguez is a Monaco player, under contract until at least 2018 and Karlsen also recently suggested that the player would spend at least another season with the Ligue One side.
The reasons that anyone would claim to be his agent are unclear, with the obvious motive troublemaking.
There have been similar instances in football before with three men claiming to be representatives of Manchester United, trying to force through a deal for Ander Herrera last summer.
The move for the Athletic Bilbao star eventually went through, but it’s another example of where strange motives can come into play, which affect the best players and the biggest clubs in the world.
If United or Spurs want to test the water with Monaco then Mendes is the man they need to be talking to apart from officials at the club.
Anyone else claiming to represent the player or claiming to act in his best interests represent nothing but wasted time in the eyes of the former Monaco chief.