Colombian star James Rodriguez has expressed his desire to play in La Liga, while revealing that he would prefer a move to Real Madrid over Barcelona.

James Rodriguez has grabbed the limelight in the ongoing World Cup in Brazil as his heroics have taken Colombia to the quarter-final after their recent win over Uruguay. The 22-year-old announced his arrival on the big stage with a goal against Greece in their opening game and has since then scored five goals (along with two assists) so far. He scored a brace against Uruguay in the round of 16 clash, which included a magical volley.

At the start of the tournament, there were questions marks about how Jose Pekerman’s side will deal with the loss of their star striker Radamel Falcao, but Rodriguez has stepped up to fill his shoes with ease and they will head into their clash against Brazil with a lot of confidence.

Performing at the biggest stage of all has awarded him with a lot of attention and reports suggest that a host of European clubs are monitoring him at the World Cup.

Rodriguez joined cash-rich Monaco last year in a big money move from Porto and ended the Ligue 1 season with nine goals and 12 assists in 30 starts. His current contract with the French club runs till 2018 and it will take a massive amount of transfer to convince Monaco into selling the youngster.

Reports from Spain suggested that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are considering a move for the midfielder, and they are two of the few clubs who can afford such a big transfer fee. Rodriguez for his part has revealed his desire to play in the La Liga and insisted that he will prefer a move to Real Madrid over Barcelona.

“I would love to play in Spain.

“It would be a dream to play there as we are talking about the best league in the world.

 “I prefer Real Madrid to Barcelona.” – Rodriguez revealed in an interview.

After spending such a huge sum of money in signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham, Real Madrid might be sceptical about making a similarly huge splash in this transfer window as well. But Monaco are unlikely to let him go for cheap, having signed him for £35 million last summer.