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Hot Rodriguez pushes for move to Real

JAMES Rodriguez on Sunday sealed his place as the revelation of the World Cup amid mounting reports of Real Madrid moving to sign the Colombian striker.

“I’d jump at the chance of going to Real Madrid,” Rodriguez told Spanish sports daily Marca on the day that his six goals made him the World Cup’s Golden Boot winner.

“It is the dream of my life and if it happens I want to enjoy it,” added Rodriguez, who turned 23 on Saturday.

Colombia went out of the World Cup in the quarterfinals against Brazil. But no other candidate — Germany’s Thomas Mueller or Argentina’s Lionel Messi — managed to overtake him with their extra games.

Germany’s world champion Mueller ended up in second place with five goals. Messi, injured Brazil star Neymar and Dutch striker Robin van Persie, shared third spot on four.

Among Rodriguez’s half dozen goals was the magical chest and volley against Uruguay that was among the strikes of the tournament.

The Monaco forward, who stepped in to fill the void left by the injured Radamel Falcao, also scored in the 1-2 quarterfinal loss to Brazil.

Rodriguez left the pitch in tears after the defeat by Brazil. But he has become the hottest property in football.

Monaco paid Portugal’s Porto 45 million euros (US$60 million) one year ago. Reports say it has sought at least twice that amount from potential buyers. Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is already negotiating with Monaco counterpart Dimitry Rybolovlev, Marca said.

The Spanish paper said Real had brought the potential price down to 85 million euros.


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