Porto star James Rodriguez dreams of Spain move

The gifted attacking midfielder has set his sights on a move to the Spanish top flight at some point, while admiring Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama
Porto midfielder James Rodriguez has voiced his desire to leave his current club for La Liga at some point in his career.

The Colombia international is seen as one of the brightest starlets in the game, and the 21-year-old would prefer a future transfer to Spain over a move to England.

"I’m very aware that I’m still young and have a lot to learn, but I would eventually like to play in Spain," Rodriguez was quoted as saying on the official Fifa website.

"It’s a league that I’ve always watched – it’s different from the English League, which is very physical. The game in Spain is more about technique, and about getting more touches on the ball. That’s why I like it so much."

The attacking midfielder then went on to explain that illustrious compatriot Carlos Valderrama was his main inspiration in his younger years.

"Carlos Valderrama – was the one I admired most, really. At the time, he was a top player and I had a lot of admiration for him. I met him once and he’s a great person, someone who provided the country with a lot of joy.

"He was a very intelligent footballer who could create something out of nothing as well as score goals. For those reasons, we all wanted to have the No10 on our backs when we played."

Rodriguez is under contract with Porto until June 2016.