Why Real Madrid Should Not Sell James Rodríguez this Summer

Why Real Madrid Should Not Sell James Rodríguez this Summer


One of the stories of the summer is whether Real Madrid is selling James Rodríguez or not. After a second disappointed season at Real Madrid a lot of supporters think that the Colombian should leave the club and cash some money to sign new players. We want to give some reasons of why selling James would be a big mistake.

James Rodríguez joined Real Madrid only two years ago from Mónaco after a €80M transfer fee record. The Colombian playmaker shined in the Brazil World Cup with his national team scoring the best goal of the tournament and leading his group into the knock out stage.

The midfielder arrived to Real Madrid as a star and he played a really good debut season under Ancelotti’s management. In his first season, he played 29 games in La Liga, all in the initial line up, and scored 13 goals. In the Champions League he also appeared in 9 games, scoring one goal.

However, his second season at the club was quite poor. James Rodríguez suffered several injury problems and missed a lot of games. Besides, both Rafa Benítez and Zinedine Zidane didn’t trust the Colombian midfielder, who played bad in the minutes he enjoyed. In La Liga he only played 17 games in the starting team, scoring 7 goals. Whereas in his first season, James played 2290 minutes, in the second he played only 1515 minutes.

Despite the numbers, James Rodríguez is one of the best players in the market. If Real Madrid look for a replacement the club wouldn’t find it in Europe. With Pogba gone -and for a lot of money-, who could be better than the Colombian?

Despite not being chosen by Zidane in the European Supercup, James Rodríguez showed a good level in the extra time and the minutes he played. Besides, every time he plays for Colombia James is the best of the game, showing all his quality. Perhaps, if James had more confidence, he could performed much better at Real Madrid.

Some reports say that PSG might be offering around €70M for the Colombian midfielder. Taking in consideration that Real Madrid is facing a really long season, with the FIFA World Cup in December, the club will need top players in the squad. The competition is tough for James, with Isco, Modric, Kroos, Casemiro, Kovacic and Asensio fighting for three places in the midfield, but the Colombian has proved himself as one of the best in the world. Why cannot he show it again this season?


  1. Thanks for this analysis. In my personal opinion, I don’t think it will be wise to sell James R. this summer. In fact no more players should be leaving the team except the youngsters that need more playing time. The rest should remain in the team and compete hard to earn a spot. The coaching staff has to play a fair game by choosing the players that deserve to play not just by their name.

  2. Another point that is very important to outline is the style Real Madrid is applying lately. It’s great to utilize the high pressing system, and I like it a lot. But as I red in the “fansided” article, I find it very unorganized which leads the players to get tired too quickly. Too much space is left between the defense line and the milfield. Like waves, the players should move in a line together with a tiny space among them. Zizou has to improve and use it very often because it’s effective.

  3. Comment:in my experience is not proper for real Madrid to send ferbio coentrao to Liverpool as alon due to, were going to face two seasons ban, so he may be needed at any moment.
    observation pls.