Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Colombia striker James Rodriguez, top scorer at World Cup, signs six-year deal with Real Madrid


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The 23-year-old Monaco forward scored six goals in Brazil, including a spectacular volley against Uruguay in the second round.
The 23-year-old Monaco forward scored six goals in Brazil, including a
spectacular volley against Uruguay in the second round.
MADRID, SPAIN — A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarter-finals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja and will be presented to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m very happy,” Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. “Everything went well.”
Sports newspapers Marca and As said Madrid agreed to pay Monaco 80 million euros (US$108-million) for Rodriguez. He is expected to join the squad on Aug. 1.
Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay in the second round of the World Cup, when he chested the ball down and then volleyed it in, was voted the best goal of the tournament.
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Spanish sports newspaper As said Monday that Monaco had agreed terms with Madrid, whose president Florentino Perez had delayed his flight to Los Angeles where the club's squad has some preseason training.

Rodriguez will strengthen Madrid’s offensive lineup by joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in attack.
The Colombia forward will likely wear the No. 10 shirt, vacated when Mesut Ozil left Madrid for Arsenal.
Rodriguez, who had joined Monaco from FC Porto last year, is Madrid’s second signing after Germany midfielder Toni Kroos joined Thursday from Bayern Munich.
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