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James Rodriguez & Man Utd: What they say about the Real Madrid firebrand

With Manchester United looming as his next destination, football's greatest haven't been short of an opinion on James Rodriguez and his issues at Real Madrid.

Here's just some of the big names who have passed judgment on James' situation this season.


ROBERTO CARLOS (ex-Real Madrid): "James has to think about what he can improve, so that the coach has no doubts: it depends on him, he has quality, intelligence, an incredible strike, he is a great player, he has to rely more on himself."


LUIS PEREA (ex-Atletico Madrid): "When he arrived, doubts were raised about his value and he showed he was up to it. But now he has to go back to what he did in the time of ( Carlo) Ancelotti, which allowed him to play many times and well.

"At Real Madrid they demand from you, the clubs are not meant to give you love. The players have to give it. James has to do an analysis and start working, take advantage of every moment. It's the only way to turn the situation around."


GUTI (Real Madrid coach): "He will always have offers. James is a great player, a symbol in his country and he can leave Real Madrid, because he will have offers to play for big clubs where he will figure.

"The truth is that he is in Real Madrid where there are many figures, but if he has the level of the first year he will find a place in the team.

"I have been a player and when you do not play a final, even if the team wins, you go home angry and at that moment they put a microphone in front of you and you can say anything."


JUAN CARLOS RESTREPO (James' Stepfather): "As a father, I prefer that he be a starter on another team than be a substitute at Real Madrid."


CARLES PUYOL (ex-Barcelona): "The captain has to be responsible, preaching by example, having moments of calm, in hard times, pulling his teammates up ... James is a good player, he is in a great club, he is young but very experienced."


REINALDO RUEDA (Atlético Nacional coach): "Real Madrid is a very competitive team, with a very high level of pay. He is blessed by God to be on that payroll, in that team. Undoubtedly, we as Colombians want him to play more, but they know him more than we do, they are in the day to day with him."


GUSTAVO BOLIVAR (Colombian writer): "James leaves us a great lesson of dignity: you can be in heaven, but if you are not happy, you'd better leave."


CARLOS VALDERRAMA (ex-Colombia captain): “Even if he scores three, four or five goals, Zidane won't put him on. James is a player he does not like."


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