Manchester United have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of James Rodriguez, with the player’s stepfather suggesting he leaves Real Madrid for a team who will play him regularly.
Rodriguez has emerged as a possible transfer target for a host of Premier League clubs, with the Colombian’s future at the Bernabeu far from certain.
He is not a regular in the first team under Zinedine Zidane, and was not even named in the matchday squad for their historic Champions League final win earlier this month.
United have been most heavily linked with the midfielder in recent weeks, and stepfather Juan Carlos Restrepo believes Rodriguez should leave the Spanish capital.
“I like to watch my son playing but these are decisions that he has to make,” he told Onda Cero.
“If it were up to me, I would tell him to look for [a team] where he can play, where they value him more. But we have to think that Real Madrid are a top team and have treated him very well.
“The footballer is special, he is not happy if he is not on the pitch. I guess he had the illusion of playing the Champions League final but these are the circumstances. We have to accept them and keep working.
“I’m not aware [of his plans] because I respect the professionals who are around James.
“I do not ask what conversations he’s had [with other clubs] but if it depended on me, I want to see him on the pitch. A talent like James has to be on the pitch.”