Colombia star James Rodriguez says he would snub a move to the Premier League in favour of La Liga as he believes the Spanish style suits him better.
The 22-year-old attacker left Porto for Monaco in a 45 million-euro deal last summer and has captured global adulation following his stellar performances at the World Cup so far.
With five goals and two assists from four matches, James sits above Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar in the Golden Boot table, sparking suggestions that top clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona might be interested in taking him off Monaco's hands.
The Spanish giants might be encouraged further now that the Colombian has claimed Spanish football is ideal for him - just days after he suggested it would be a dream to move to Santiago Bernabeu - but has poured cold water over the possibility of a transfer to England.
"I've said in the past that I’' like to play in Spain one day, because it is a league that is good technically, and where you get a lot of touches on the ball, which is my style," he told the Guardian. "The Premier League is maybe a bit physical at this stage."
James, who will be hoping to impress further when Colombia face World Cup host nation Brazil on Friday in a quarterfinal clash, stressed that he is not considering an imminent transfer as his focus is on international football.
"I am a Monaco player and I'm not thinking about anything like that at the moment," he added. "I am now just concentrating on Brazil, which is going to be a wonderful experience for us."