by Mark Bassey
Monaco’s CEO Vadim Vasilyev, has claimed that they did not want to sell James Rodriguez, before Real Madrid sent in an offer around €80million.
The Colombian midfielder, who only moved to the Principality club last year for €45million, is set to be revealed as a Madrid player after both clubs agreed a deal.
Rodriguez’s talents came to the fore at the 2014 World Cup, when he scored six times to emerge the Golden Boot winner ahead of Thomas Muller.
“Monaco are proud to have helped James Rodriguez reveal his talent to the world as he notably made his mark on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil winning the Golden Boot,” Vasilyev told the Ligue 1 side’s official website.
“James is a fantastic player who achieved great things with Monaco and the club had no intention to sell the player.
“However the time came when the solution of a transfer was considered to be the most beneficial solution for all parties. Monaco are proud to be a part to one of the most significant transfers in football history.
“Monaco are a club that will continue to grow and remain focused on the future. More than ever we have the ambition to strengthen our team and continue to progress for next season.”