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James Rodriguez Reveals How Real Madrid Stopped Him From Joining Their Rival As Isco Reportedly Agrees To Join Sevilla

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Former Real Madrid midfielder, James Rodriguez has revealed how he was close to joining Atletico Madrid from Real Madrid but the deal was stopped at the last minute by the Los Blancos.

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James, who currently plays his football in Qatar with Al-Rayyan, was well known for his spectacular goals, played for the club between 2014 to 2020 and he was on loan at Bayern Munich between 2017 to 2019 before eventually joining Everton in 2020.


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But before that, the Mexican, according to Italian transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano was close to joining the Los Rojiblancos before Real Madrid pulled the plug on the deal as they didn’t want to strengthen a rival at that time.

“It was almost done,” the Colombian said on his failed move to Atletico Madrid. “I wanted my family next to me, the deal was set to be completed. One step away. But then everything collapsed because Real Madrid didn’t want me to leave.”

James eventually left Madrid to join Carlo Ancelotti at Everton in the summer of 2020. He spent a season under the Italian at Goodison Park where he provided some absolutely thrilling moments but also missed a lot of football through injuries.

When the Italian was appointed as the new coach of Real Madrid, it was expected that he would bring back the player with him but it wasn’t to be so before the Mexican went to the middle east.

He has already scored 11 goals for his new club and will be hoping to represent his country at the 2022 world cup set to take place later this year, that is, if they qualify.

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Real Madrid midfielder, Isco Alarcon is reported to have agreed to join Sevilla next season as his current contract with the Los Blancos draws to an end.

Isco, like Sevilla, is from Andalusia and it could prove to be a perfect match, following the current exploit of the club as they’re the only team that is challenging the current La Liga League leaders for the title with 6 points separating them.

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The Spaniard has worked with their coach, Julen Lopetegui, twice before; first with the Spanish national team in the buildup to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and then during Lopetegui’s brief stint in charge of Madrid the following season.

Isco, 29, has earned 38 caps for Spain and scored 12 goals. He’s made 350 appearances for Madrid since joining them in 2013 from Malaga. He’s provided 53 goals and 56 assists in that time.

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