Man United transfers: James Rodríguez ‘too big’ for Monaco – Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects James Rodríguez to leave Monaco in the coming seasons
Arsene Wenger does not expect James Rodríguez to stay with Monaco for long following his stellar displays for Colombia at the World Cup.
The 22-year-old was one of the stars of tournament in Brazil after his impressive performances helped his country reach the quarter-finals.
Rodríguez has been linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid in recent days, with Manchester United also reported to be considering a £65m bid for the World Cup sensation.
Certainly in the next season or two he will want to move somewhere else
Wenger feels that it won’t be long before Rodríguez leaves the Ligue 1 side – but expects him to stay at Monaco this summer.
Wenger told beIN Sports: “I believe that’s true [that he is too big for Monaco]. Why? Because a player like that is difficult to keep at a club when you have Real Madrid and Barcelona looking around, and without a doubt there will be people who will be watching them play and thinking about buying him.
“Is this the year that he will move? Certainly not because he is with Monaco and they will play Champions League next season and they are a big club in France.
“But certainly in the next season or two he will want to move somewhere else.”
The Arsenal manager was gushing with praise for Rodríguez’s “absolutely fantastic” performances in Brazil.
“I know Rodriguez well because he plays in the French Championship for Monaco and I was absolutely amazed by the quality of his games,” Wenger added.
“For me it was the intelligence of his passing, the suppleness of him and the fluency of his game. It also was the speed of his decision-making.
“The penetrative passes he made were just absolutely fantastic. You just wanted to see him have the ball and when you want somebody to have the ball it is always a sign of exceptional quality and he definitely has that.”