Aston Villa and Everton-linked Cristian Rodriguez declares MLS interest

Atletico Madrid

The Atletico Madrid winger is looking for a solution after seeing his Parma loan come under threat due to the Italian club's grave financial issues.

Reported Aston Villa and Everton target Cristian Rodriguez has declared his intent to move to MLS, Gianluca Di Marzio has reported.

Rodriguez, 29, moved on loan to Parma from Atletico Madrid in the winter transfer window, but now finds himself in a surreal situation, with the Serie A club on the verge of going bankrupt.

The Uruguayan winger needs regular first-team football in order to seal a place in his country’s Copa America squad this summer but, with Parma at risk of shutting down altogether, has been forced to look at alternative solutions.

A stateside switch is one appealing option, as well as a move to Brazil, and the 83-times capped World Cup veteran is eager to come up with an action plan as soon as possible.

"Unfortunately the club has many problems, we are all working for free now,” he said. “I came to Parma with the intention of playing more to get ready for this summer's Copa America since I wanted to get ready.

“I wasn't playing much at Atletico Madrid. What is happening here is a shame, the employees haven't been paid in seven months. Some players abandoned the team because of the situation. I could find a team in the United States or Brazil for the next three or four months, this would allow me to play and find my form."

Both Villa and Everton attempted to sign Rodriguez on loan prior to his Parma move, per Di Marzio, and odds are that the Premier League pair will be keeping a close watch of how his fortunes unfold over the coming weeks and months.

Joining Atletico from Porto in the summer of 2012, the former PSG wide man has since made 97 total appearances for the La Liga champions, adding five goals and three assists in the process, but earned just two starts in 11 games over the first half of this season.

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