James Rodriguez is a Real Madrid player.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 22, 2014
Real Madrid released a statement on their official website:
“Real Madrid C. F. have reached an agreement with AS Monaco FC to buy James Rodriguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons.
“The player will be presented today, Tuesday 22 July, at 20:00 CET, in the Santiago Bernabeu’s presidential box.
“Following that, James Rodriguez will take his first steps on the Santiago Bernabeu’s pitch wearing the Real Madrid jersey and will then answer questions from the media outlets in attendance in the press room.”
The 23-year-old Colombian international will likely be unveiled on Tuesday, July 22, after a round of successful transfer negotiations.
Real Madrid will pay 80 million euros ($108 million) for the World Cup 2014 Golden Boot winner, plus offer up a player to AS Monaco, Rodriguez’s former club, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Previously, it was rumored that either Brazilian midfielder Casemiro or Diego Lopez will be traded, but AS reports that Diego Lopez does not want to leave Santiago Bernabéu. Monaco had asked about the availability of Pepe or Fabio Coentrao, but Los Blancos vetoed the move of either player.
According to Marca, Rodriguez will earn 7 million euros ($9.5 million) net per season.
The attacking midfielder will wear the number 10 jersey, which was previously worn by Germany star Mesut Oezil.
Rodriguez will also supposedly stay at room no. 110 at the players’ residence in Valdebebas.
A move to Real Madrid has always been the Colombian star’s dream.
“Playing for Real Madrid is my life’s dream: it’d be a privilege to play alongside so many stars,” he said in an interview.
“If it happened, I’d enjoy it to the max.”
Rodriguez will not join the Real Madrid team immediately in the United States for their pre-season tour. Instead, he will link up with them on August 1, together with other players who were on World Cup duty like Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.