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The Colombian James Rodríguez was presented this Thursday as Qatari Al-Rayyan’s new footballer, a surprising decision in his career, leaving the elite leagues at the age of 30, and which he justified by ensuring that can “grow & rdquor; in said league And that, in addition, it serves as acclimatization for the soccer world cup that will be played in the Arab country from November 21 to December 18, 2022.
“The club has a lot of fans in Qatar and they are growing for the future. I chose them because they are growing the league. Next year is the world cup and I hope to be with Colombia. There is a long way to go and it is a country that is growing a lot and I think I can grow with them also in many things; I can grow in this league & rdquor ;, said at a press conference & rdquor;
“Arab is a culture that I like a lot and a culture that is growing too. But the most important thing is that I will be able to play and have a rhythm. I just want to be happy doing this. “I just want to be happy. I want to win everything, compete every three days, be able to play and have the fans see good football,” he said.
James, after several days without training for his trip, hopes to be able to debut soon. “I have not trained for many days because of the trip, I want to get a couple of days well to be able to play well, because in soccer if you are not 100% it is hard. I will train and then the decision will come from the coach & rdquor ;, he declared.
The technician is French Laurent blanc, with experience as a French coach and former Paris Saint-Germain coach. “This is good news for me. He is a great coach and we need to play well. We know who he is and I think this is good news for the club, the fans & rdquor ;, he pondered.
A James who left Everton from the Premier League after having played for historic teams such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and who now faces the challenge of playing and winning in Qatar. “I want to help the team to be more competitive. And to win too. I want to win everything that can be played so that the fans can see good football, because in the end in soccer if you cannot play you are worth nothing. And what I want here is to win & rdquor ;, he assured.
Finally, he spoke about what it will mean for him to play at home in a stadium that will host the next World Cup, such as Ahmed bin Ali, ‘the diamond of the desert’. “It’s a good feeling to play in a world cup stadiumbut I don’t think about it now, just my new team and debuting soon & rdquor ;, he commented.