Colombia boss ‘told James to leave Madrid for the sake of Copa America’

Accordinng to Colombian journalist Carlos Antonio Vélez, the Cafeteros coach told James Rodríguez to leave Real Madrid for the sake of 2020 Copa América.

Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz reportedly advised James Rodríguez against his decision to return to Real Madrid from a loan at Bayern Munich last summer and urged his star player to leave the Bernabéu for his own benefit and that of the Cafeteros ahead of the 2020 Copa América, which will be hosted by Colombia and Argentina.

“Queiroz called James when he was involved in the sorting out of contracts and looking at what possibilities he had at other clubs and told him to leave Real Madrid,” journalist Carlos Antonio Veléz said on a football show in Colombia on Tuesday. “He told him that he needed him to leave, to go to whatever team he could, that he needed him to play.