Barca and Madrid on red alert as James reveals La Liga dream

The attacker, who currently plays for Ligue 1 club Monaco, has expressed his desire to move to Spain in the future

James Rodriguez has put Real Madrid and Barcelona on red alert after claiming that it would be a dream to play in La Liga in the future.

The 22-year-old scored a stunning volley that may prove to be the goal of the tournament in the first half, before bagging his fifth goal of the summer to seal a 2-0 win over Uruguay at the Maracana.

The double in Rio took the Monaco forward to the top of the Golden Boot table and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final with hosts Brazil next Friday.

The former Porto star could not have failed to catch the eye of European giants Barca and Madrid, and James fuelled summer transfer gossip by confessing after the game that he would love to play in La Liga.

“I would love to play in Spain,” James told reporters after starring for Colombia in the last 16. “It would be a dream to play there – it is the best league in the world.”

James cost Monaco €45 million when they bought him from Porto last summer, as well as forking out to sign fellow Colombian Radamel Falcao, though he has been absent from the World Cup through injury.

The South American duo helped to fire the Stade Louis II club to Champions League football this season with a second place Ligue 1 finish and, if James is not sold, he is bound to get a chance to impress on the European stage in 2014-15.

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