The Colombia star admits he has dreamed of signing for Los Blancos his whole life, with former coach Andre Villas-Boas insisting the player will adapt well to his new club
New Real Madrid recruit James Rodriguez has revealed that he “dreamt” of signing for the club his whole life and says that he is now anxious to start winning trophies at Santiago Bernabeu.
The Colombia star joined Los Blancos from Monaco for €80 million (£63m) earlier this week and is planning a lengthy and successful stay in the Spanish capital.
“I always wanted this and I hope to be happy here for many years,” James told Real Madrid TV.
“I like challenges and to win, and I'm at a great club to achieve many titles."
When asked what he would bring to the team, James said: “Goals, passes and play. I am only one [person] and I want to help."
He added: “I'm anxious. I want August 1 to come to start training and be better every day.”
The former Porto forward – who ended the World Cup as top scorer of the tournament – won the Portuguese league three years in a row before joining Monaco last term, where he netted nine league goals in 34 games.
His coach at Porto, Andre Villas-Boas, admitted that he always had high expectations of the 23-year-old and is adamant that he will do well at Real Madrid.
“We had very high expectations of him, but we made the transfer with the clear intention of gradually developing the player and not with the expectation that he would explode so soon,” Villas-Boas told Marca.
He added: “I think he has all the conditions to adapt to the demands of Real Madrid and the pressure of a club.”