‘I think James could easily fit into that side’: Real Madrid outcast Rodriguez urged to make Manchester United move this summer by Newcastle cult hero Faustino Asprilla
- James Rodriguez has been told to join Manchester United by Faustino Asprilla
- The Newcastle legend believes his countryman would fit in well at Old Trafford
- James is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer after falling out of favour
- And the injury-troubled playmaker has been linked with a Premier League move
Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez has been told to seek a move to Manchester United this summer by Newcastle legend Faustino Asprilla.
The Colombian playmaker is widely expected to leave the club this summer after suffering from a string of injuries and poor form, and his countryman believes he would be a perfect fit at Old Trafford.
Asprilla also says that James’ talent would allow him to play for a number of different clubs, but stressed that the 28-year-old’s next move should be calculated.
James Rodriguez has been told to move to Manchester United this summer by Faustino Asprilla
After returning from a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich at the start of the season, James has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot at the Bernabeu and made just 13 appearances before the current shutdown.
And speculation has continued to mount that James could be set for a Premier League switch, with Asprilla now touting United as the ideal destination to help bring an end to his LaLiga nightmare.
He told Blu Radio: ‘Manchester United would be a good place for James. It’s been a while since they have been winning trophies and they are thinking about strengthening the team for next season.
‘They’ve got good players – like Juan Mata, who plays in a similar style to James, although he’s a little more dynamic and attacking but I think James could easily fit into that side.’
Newcastle cult hero Asprilla says that his countryman would be a perfect fit at Old Trafford
James was originally bought by Real for £63million off the back of his stellar performances at the 2014 World Cup.
But the former Monaco star has struggled to replicate his form in the Spanish top flight, with boss Zinedine Zidane also reportedly losing faith.
However, Asprilla has tipped James to rediscover his confidence after a much-needed chance of scenery.
James has struggled to impress since joining Real Madrid for £63m after the 2014 World Cup
He added: ‘James needs to go where he will play, a club where the coach has expressly asked for him and wants him in his team.
‘Not where he will be an impulse signing, bought on a whim by the president. With his talent, he could play anywhere.’
Old Trafford chiefs are thought to be keen to recruit a new attacking midfielder when the transfer window re-opens, and the club have been linked with swoops for Jack Grealish and James Maddison.
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