Radamel Falcao offers Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez advice ahead of potential Manchester United move

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United striker has advised his Columbia teammate James Rodriguez to reach a quick conclusion over his move to Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Man United ever since Sky Sports reported in May that Zinedine Zidane would offer the attacking midfielder to Jose Mourinho this summer.

Madrid club president Florentino Perez recently made it clear to United that they would make an offer exceeding the amount the La Liga champions paid for Rodriguez (€80m) back in 2014.

And Falcao, who only managed four goals during his nine month loan spell at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, has told the Columbian to prioritise his happiness when considering his next move.

“For the sake of them and the team, I hope that all who have to make a decision do it in the best way possible and above all that makes them happy,” he said.

I am still not completely over Falcao failing to satisfy the numerous daydreams I had of him eviscerating defenders as United marched to a Premier League title under Van Gaal. I was, like most of us, caught up in the frenzy that greeted his arrival. He fell so miserably short following such an explosion of anticipation, but that, I’m afraid, is life, after all.

But would the same fate await Rodriguez if he came to Manchester? Nobody can say: the Columbian has a capacity for utter brilliance and also a tendency to descend into anonymity. That is the player he is.

What can be said with complete confidence, however, is that a new challenge is definitely needed for the confidence sapped No.10.

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