Colombia international, James Rodriguez, has opened up on the reason he turned down an opportunity to join the Red Devils back in 2013.
Speaking recently on Rio Ferdinand’s ‘The Locker Room’, the Real Madrid star said: “Yes I think there was some kind of talk there. My manager has a great relationship with the club, his name is Jorge Mendes.
“Well, we always dream of getting in a big club. Since I was a child I always admired Manchester, I always saw those teams with Rio together with Giggs and Scholes, there were a lot of prodigious players and I wanted to get there in that year. But it didn’t happen.
“I thought I had to play for a club that wasn’t so big. From there I went to France just before the World Cup and my plan was to go to the World Cup have a great participation there, score goals, reach a good level and from there play for a big club and then the Real Madrid thing happened.”
James has struggled to replicate the form that saw him make a mega money move to Real Madrid in 2014, due to persistent injury problems.
The 28 year old has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past few weeks, but it remains to be seen whether United would be willing to take a chance on him.