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Atletico defender Arias: “James to Atletico? He would be welcomed”

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Atletico seem to have interest in James Rodriguez once again.

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Atletico de Madrid defender Santiago Arias delivered an interesting quote when asked about his Colombia teammate James Rodriguez, who is rumored to be on Atletico’s radar for another summer.

“James to Atletico? It’s being talked a lot, he’s one of our crucial players in Colombia, he’s achieved many things and I admire him as a Colombian. He plays well. We never talk about Atletico, but he would be welcomed. We have to wait and see what happens,” said Arias.

James himself admitted weeks ago that he was close to signing for Atletico de Madrid in the summer of 2019 until Real Madrid stopped the move. Los Blancos didn’t want to improve Atletico’s roster and wanted to find another club for James, which didn’t happen.

Ultimately, if Atletico is James’ only way out of Real Madrid, the board will most likely have to sell him to their neighbors, considering that Madrid are looking to sell some players.