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James’ stepfather: If it were up to me, I’d tell him to find a place where he’ll play

The future of James Rodriguez is very much up in the air, not least after he was left out of Real Madrid’s squad for the Champions League final, and his stepfather Juan Carlos Restrepo admitted it could be time for him to leave the Spanish capital.

He explained that a player of the Colombian’s quality needs to be playing first-team football to feel content.

“I like to see my son playing football,” Restrepo told Onda Cero’s ‘El Transistor’ radio show on Thursday night.

“If it were up to me, I’d tell him to find a place where he’ll play.

“A talent like James needs to be on the pitch.

“A footballer is a special type of human being and he does not feel happy if he’s not in his habitat, which is the football pitch.”

Reflecting on the 25-year-old’s playing style, Restrepo admitted that it has been hard for James to compete with or fill in for Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, given his differing skillset.

“He has a different kind of talent to the members of the BBC front three,” he explained.

What was clear, however, was that there was little ill-feeling towards the club and that Los Blancos had tried to help the player.

“I don’t believe that James has lacked support from Real Madrid,” his stepfather said in the interview.

“I think he has people’s affection.”

A number of clubs across the continent are believed to be interested in hiring the Colombian this summer.

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