Napoli are the ‘best option’ for Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez to join this summer, according to the player’s father.
The Italian club are widely expected to bring in James once Colombia’s participation at Copa America is over, and the father is confident his son will be making the right move at the right time.
It is claimed that Napoli are in advanced talks for the player but Cadena Ser say Atletico Madrid have not given up hope that they can trump the move.
“I think a new change is what he needs for his career now, and David Ospina is at Napoli now and I think he is very important … Napoli are the best option for him (James),” Wilson Rodriguez told CalcioNapoli, as cited by Diario AS.
“He has character and personality. Even at times of adversity, he’s always come out strongly. He was born for this, thank God.
“Between him and Ancelotti, there was immediately a lot of respect. James is grateful to Carlo for what he did, he knows how to get the best out of him and that contributed to their great friendship.
“The Coach has always been very happy with his performances. I’ve heard about [the James speculation] and I think a change is what he needs right now.”
James has returned to Madrid following a two-year loan spell at the Bavarian club having started just 13 Bundesliga matches this campaign and is said to want more regular first-team football.
The former Porto and Monaco star spent three seasons at Los Blancos, helping them to two European titles, but started just 13 La Liga games in his final campaign.
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti brought James from Monaco to the Spanish capital back in 2014 and worked with him again during his time with Bundesliga giants Bayern.