Once again, James Rodriguez‘s future at Real Madrid is in doubt as he struggles for consistency and a January exit looks more and more likely, with England a possible destination.
Between injuries and tactical decisions, he has played just 422 minutes this season as Zinedine Zidane has found his preferred 11 without him, James consequently being relegated to a fringe figure.
On Friday, the coach revealed that his absence was not due to injury, simply that he wasn’t available.
“He will have five or six days then we will see if they are prepared or not,” Zidane said of the Colombian and Gareth Bale.
It comes after Colombia coach Carlos Quieroz sent a clear message to his players that he would not call up players who are not playing for their clubs ahead of World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
A number of Premier League clubs are monitoring the situation, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all tracking his status, according to The Sun.
It’s no secret that Real Madrid want to sign Paul Pogba, where James could become a negotiating tool.
Management in the Spanish capital are already planning his exit alongside other first team players who are barely featuring, like Isco, and Florentino Perez will have to speak to James’ agent Jorge Mendes.
It’s not the first time that British clubs have shown an interest in James, with interest from Manchester United when he instead went to Bayern Munich on loan.
James has always been clear that he wants to be a regular in the line-up and that is becoming less and less likely to happen at Real Madrid as the winter transfer window nears.