James Rodriguez keen on La Liga move
Reported Real Madrid target James Rodriguez has said he sees his future as being in La Liga rather than the Premier League -- but is concentrating on Colombia's World Cup campaign for now.
Monaco's Rodriguez has been one of the stars of the tournament so far, scoring five times to help his side set up a quarterfinal against Brazil on Friday.
And his performances have seen him linked with a move to Spain, with Marca claiming that Madrid president Florentino Perez could sell Argentina international Angel Di Maria to fund a big money transfer this summer.
Rodriguez, 22, told the Guardian he felt his style of play was more suited to Spain than England.
"I've said in the past that I'd like to play in Spain one day, because it is a league that is good technically and where you get a lot of touches on the ball, which is my style," he explained.
"The Premier League is maybe a bit physical at this stage. But I am a Monaco player and I'm not thinking about anything like that at the moment. I am now just concentrating on Brazil, which is going to be a wonderful experience for us."
James said that Colombia had the right mix of players to mount a realistic challenge for the trophy.
"We don't concede too many goals, and we have one of the best groups of players the country has had over the last decade," he said.
"We are united, and our coach is very clever and knows how to get the best out of us and outwit opponents. We have a great goalkeeper and we can score lots of goals. There is no reason why we can't have a go at winning it."
He said the side had "a nice blend of youth and experience," adding: "We are a solid unit defensively, and then there are players like myself who will try something a bit different -- try to beat a man and change it up.
"We can play a number of different ways and can hit people with quick moves -- that's hard to defend against."