Jose Mourinho told he must sell Wayne Rooney to sign James Rodriguez – report

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has been told that he must sell Wayne Rooney if he wants to sign Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez this summer due to Adidas’ demands that the Columbian wears the No.10 shirt, according to reports.

Sources at Sky Sports confirmed last month that Rodriguez, left on the periphery by Zinedine Zidane last season, would be offered to Manchester United.

Rooney, who has likewise spent the majority of the last nine months in obscurity, recently noted that he would make “a footballing decision” with regards to his future, noting that there were plenty of offers on the table.

And according to Diario Madrista, Mourinho will have to move his captain along to free up the No.10 shirt – a stated requirement from Adidas – for the Columbian.

This is, I would contend, an example of the right decision making itself readily available and indeed somewhat obvious. Mourinho, just like supporters, must know replacing the growingly ragged Rooney with the hungry, enormously promising prospect of Rodriguez serves as an example of natural selection, above anything.

The No.10 shirt is too big to be occupied by a token squad player – somebody no longer able to function at the highest level on a regular basis, and with Rodriguez seeking a Bernabeu exit Mourinho may have to make a difficult decision in the interest of moving forward.

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