James Rodriguez has been heavily linked with a move to Napoli despite Real Madrid not lowering their asking prize but the Italian tactician isn’t giving up.
The way things are going, James Rodriguez will eventually sign for Napoli. The Colombian international has enjoyed a great relationship with Carlo Ancelotti under whom he played at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
And while the forward hasn’t really been able to showcase the sort of form that made him one of the top young prospects in football, Ancelotti may get the best out of James Rodriguez again.
While speaking to TV Luna (via Sky Sports Italia), Ancelotti hinted that Atletico Madrid’s interest in his target isn’t going to be a problem.
“I don’t think it’s about Atletico. I think the deal is still open, but it’s not the only one,” says that former Chelsea manager.
Ancelotti hasn’t made a secret about his love for James Rodriguez at all. The Italian loves coaching the Colombian international and is looking forward to doing it again.
“I’m very attached to him because he did very well with me. I respect him a lot and certainly with him we can improve the team.”
“I wanted him at Bayern but unfortunately I left after two months. Last year he had more difficulties because the environment wasn’t easy for him. He doesn’t need to raise his game, he is a great player. We are working on bringing him but he’s not the only one.”
And Ancelotti has hinted that James Rodriguez isn’t the only player the club is keeping tabs on.
According to reports, Napoli are also close to sealing a €15 million move for young midfielder, Eljif Elmas from Turkish side Fenerbahce. While the likes of AC Milan and Inter have also been looking at the young Turk’s profile, Napoli have pretty much sealed the deal.
“We are very close to the arrival of Elmas and I hope it is finalized quickly. He is a very interesting player, we hope he arrives here. Above all, this raises the ambitions for next season.”
However, James Rodriguez is definitely going to be the final piece of the puzzle Ancelotti needs to end Juventus’ dominant rein in Italy.