“No matter what happens, it’s good to see the football of @cdtolima. Intensity always forward, rhythm of passing and always with a purpose. Great final we are seeing”. James Rodríguez said it less than 24 hours ago on his Twitter account, which made one think that he was in Colombia, following the League final minute by minute.
And yes, no detail was lost. But apparently he did not do it from national territory but from Europe, the continent to which he would like to return at any price.
This was stated by the ESPN journalist, Martijn van Zijtveld, who said that the left-hander is in Eindhoven, nothing less than doing medical tests to sign with PSV.
“Personally I can report that James Rodriguez was in the physical center where PSV Eindhoven does all its checks,” said the communicator on his social networks.
I can personally report that James Rodriguez was just at the physio where PSV does all the inspections. Does Marcel Brands actually pull this one out of his top hat? #PSV #James Rodriguez
— Martijn van Zijtveld (@mvanzijtveld) June 27, 2022
And beware of the contact that would take him to Dutch territory: “Can Marcel Brands really pull this out of his hat?” asked van Zijtveld.
Who is that Brands? Surprise! He was Everton’s sporting director when Carlo Ancelotti was determined to bring James to the British club. Brands, said in practical terms, was the one who made the Real Madrid player’s free departure possible. The crisis of the team in which Yerry Mina is still involved claimed the head of this director, who ended up at PSV again in the role of head of movements and transfers and who would have contacted the Colombian to take him as a replacement for Mario Gotze, who went to Eintracht Frankfurt from his native Germany.
This last option was confirmed at the time by the newspaper De Telegraaf, the first to speak of the interest in the South American creative.
So James would then have a very strong reason for refusing to come to Brazil’s Botafogo, which would have offered $5 million for his services. His real plan has always been to return to Europe and he could do it to PSV, a team that guarantees European competition and local titles and that would welcome a talent like that of the left-hander.
Of course, there is still an agreement with Al Rayyan, who has him tied up until July 2024, but paying the clause, which does not seem exaggerated, and assuming that the player is not willing to return to Qatar, the business would not be so complicated. . It remains to be seen if the injuries allow him to improve a season well below expectations in an exotic League. If he wants to go back to Europe, he knows that he has no excuses.