The report by AS states that since returning from a long-term injury lay-off, Rodriguez has not been given the playing time that he desires and has been left notably frustrated as a result. The report adds, as an example of the player’s frustration, that on Sunday against Elche the player was asked to warm up for 40 minutes to come on with just 25 seconds of the match remaining.
In fact, the statistics show that throughout the season the 22-year-old has been on the periphery of the Madrid first-team as he has only accumulated 158 minutes of football from seven La Liga substitute appearances.
In January, the Guardian linked the Spaniard with a move to Chelsea, however, nothing materialised and the player remained at Madrid. Nevertheless, if the attacker does become available on a loan deal, it could represent a good deal for Jose Mourinho to pursue.
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Despite his lack of playing time at Madrid, the potential shown by the player in the past has made critics sit up and take notice.
A loan deal for Chelsea would seem strange, but it certainly wouldn’t do their case to land the player on a more long-term basis in the future any harm. Unless, of course, he turns out to be a flop at Stamford Bridge.
The biggest issue for Mourinho would be finding him regular game time, especially when taking into account the expected return of Patrick Bamford, but if he can fulfil the potential he has shown in the past, it shouldn’t be a problem.
The final question would be whether Ancelotti would sanction the deal. However, since it won’t be to a direct rival in Spain and he won’t be able to play against him in the European competitions, it makes little sense for the ex-Blues boss not to give the green light on the deal.