Arsene Wenger comments on James Rodriguez’s future, Lineker agrees

James Rodriguez playing for Columbia

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Real Madrid-linked James Rodriguez will leave AS Monaco at some point in the future, while Gary Lineker has a similar opinion.

James Rodriguez joined AS Monaco from Porto just last summer and for a hefty transfer fee as well, but the Colombia international could be on the move soon.

That’s because Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing the 23-year-old attacking midfielder, who cost his Ligue 1 club €45 million (£36m).

According to, last season’s Champions League winners have been told that they need to cough up £70m to sign Rodriguez, and it seems that Los Blancos are open to doing so.

The former Banfield player was a star for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup and won the Golden Boot for scoring six goals. Rodriguez was also in the running for the Golden Ball award for helping his country reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

The Colombian himself has said that he is open to leaving Monaco for Madrid this summer, with his father adding to the speculation by claiming that his son dreams of playing for the 10-time European champions (click here to read more).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Rodriguez will leave Monaco because he is too a big a player not to be snapped up by Madrid, but suspects that he will stay at Stade Louis II for one more season at least.

‘I believe that’s true’, the Frenchman told beIN Sports when asked if Rodriguez is too big for Monaco. ‘Why? Because a player like that is difficult to keep at a club when you have Real Madrid and Barcelona looking around, and without a doubt there will be people who will be watching them play and thinking about buying him.

‘Is this the year that he will move? Certainly not because he is with Monaco and they will play Champions League next season and they are a big club in France. But certainly in the next season or two he will want to move somewhere else’.

Wenger himself has seen many of his players leave for Spain, such as Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song to Barcelona in recent years, and he will know how difficult it is keep a top player out of the clutches of La Liga's big two.

England legend Gary Lineker, who himself played for Barcelona in the 1980s, recently stated a similar belief, claiming that the best players in the world want to play for Barcelona and Madrid.

Perhaps the world’s best players do want to play only for Barcelona and Madrid, but can anyone hold it against them?

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