James Rodriguez It was one of the great wishes of Diego Pablo Simeone, coach of the
Atlético de Madrid
, in recent seasons. It is something that became clear after the attempts of the rojiblanco team, on up to two occasions, to take over the Colombian international who this summer packed his bags for the Everton to finally get out of the white box.
However, although he is now being happy in England, the player would have preferred to stop at the Atlético de Madrid. This is what the player’s own stepfather has confessed, Juan Carlos Restrepo.
. ”James would have liked to sign for the Atlético de Madrid. It is a pride that a club like him Athletics would have been interested in him. There is also the fans and he would have felt at home with them. In a next opportunity we hope that it can happen ”, explained the Colombian’s relative, in the
In this sense, Restrepo admitted contacts with him Cholo Simeone in the past season. Facing this course, after the reverse of the previous one, the relative stated that there was no approach although the will of the footballer was to continue in
Madrid and wear the ‘rojiblanca’.
And what happened so that the matter did not come to fruition in the market last season? The Colombian wanted to sign for Atlético at all costs. And when he was close to achieving it, two circumstances arose. One, the serious injury of Marco Asensio, from which he is still recovering. And two, the historical and humiliating win that the rojiblanco team achieved against the Madrid in summer in New Jersey
. That made the white president change his mind. Operation aborted.
In addition, he acknowledged that the footballer, who has already scored with his new team and has given a great image, now feels more confident. “He feels comfortable and calm on the pitch. If you see the minutes he has had on the court, surely Zidane I did not take James into account sportingly, “he said.
Now he feels liberated according to Restrepo: “He feels liberated. I watched James’ games and if he does MessiThey put it in heaven but he did it and it’s normal ”.