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3 reasons why Real Madrid must sell James Rodríguez

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It's not too late.

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Real Madrid face a very important decision about James Rodríguez. The Colombian signed for the club two years ago and after a surprisingly good debut campaign with Los Blancos, his second season left a lot to be desired, so much that James ended up being on the bench most of the time.

Madrid spent €80 million on James after his brilliant performances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and while he has not played as a high-caliber playmaker this past season, some big clubs are interested in his potential. Real could keep James on the squad as he's definitely a very useful asset and a decisive player, but questions about whether he fits in Zidane's system or not and also his level of commitment should also be considered.

All in all, here are three reasons why Real Madrid should sell James Rodríguez this summer and part ways with the Colombian midfielder.

  1. Next summer it will be too late. If he keeps being a reserve, there's no way a big club offers more than €40 million for him, so Madrid should at least try to recover the money they initially spent on James two years ago while they still can.
  1. He's not a crucial player in Real's current system. Let's face it, Real Madrid won the Champions League without James playing any relevant role. Los Blancos should probably sell one either Isco or James as they are currently reserves and there will be bigger offers for the Colombian midfielder.
  1. He's too good to sit on the bench but he does not deserve to start. Zinedine Zidane doesn't need €80 million sitting on the bench match after match but James simply doesn't deserve to start either. He wants to play and he will be unsettled about his role sooner rather than later, if he is not unsettled already.