World Cup - Rodriguez not keen on 'physical' Premier League

Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez has ruled out a move to the Premier League - for now.

World Cup - Rodriguez not keen on 'physical' Premier League

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James Rodriguez was the star of the show for Colombia

The playmaker has perhaps been the standout player at the World Cup in Brazil, leading to suggestions that he could leave Monaco this summer.

However, it looks like he won't be leaving for England, describing the Premier League as too "physical" for his style of play.

“I’ve said in the past that I’d like to play in Spain one day, because it is a league that is good technically, and where you get a lot of touches on the ball, which is my style,” said Rodriguez in the Guardian, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.


“The Premier League is maybe a bit physical at this stage. But I am a Monaco player and I’m not thinking about anything like that at the moment. I am now just concentrating on Brazil, which is going to be a wonderful experience for us.”

Rodriguez went on to express his confidence that Colombia, who face Brazil in their quarter-final on Friday, can win the World Cup.

“We don’t concede too many goals, and we have one of the best groups of players the country has had over the last decade,” he said.

“We are united, and our coach is very clever and knows how to get the best out of us, and outwit opponents. We have a great goalkeeper and we can score lots of goals. There is no reason why we can’t have a go at winning it.

“We have a nice blend of youth and experience. Our coach has got us all playing and fighting for each other, and for Colombia. We play the Colombian way and keep the ball. That’s something I’ve been taught since I was very young.

"But we are a solid unit defensively, and then there are players like myself who will try something a bit different – try to beat a man and change it up. We can play a number of different ways and can hit people with quick moves – that’s hard to defend against.”

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