«James joined the ambitious Ligue 1 club earlier this summer for €45 million (...).
Speaking exclusively to Goal, he said: "I won't miss it at all. I can play in the Champions League another year. (...) Signing Falcao and Moutinho will help a lot. I've been playing with great players who have been top figures, and who are now here. I think that's important. With good players it's easy to play and adapt."
Operating as a winger for Porto last season the Colombian scored 11 times in 34 games and impressed a number of the continent's top teams. Monaco moved quickly to seal his signature, paying his release clause, and so in the space of three short years, the forward passed from relative obscurity as a little-known teenager with Argentine side Banfield to becoming one of the world's most expensive players. So how did he achieve his rise to prominence?
He explains: "Firstly, hard work. I'm someone who has always liked to train well and always wants to play well. The first six months [at Porto last season] were good. The last five unfortunately I had an injury. The most important moments were the first six months when I had a good level. I had a top level during those months.»
A entrevista completa de James Rodríguez à Goal.com pode ser lida aqui.
(não) esteve à disposição de Vítor Pereira na segunda metade da época 2012-13.
Este facto, que agora é reconhecido pelo próprio jogador colombiano, a que se juntou a lesão de João Moutinho num momento crucial (2ª mão dos oitavos da Liga dos Campeões) e a ausência de alternativas de qualidade para a frente de ataque dos dragões, ajuda a explicar algumas exibições menos conseguidas do FC Porto na segunda metade da época passada. É que sem ovos, é mais difícil fazer omeletes...
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