July 23, 2014 in Sports

Soccer notes: Colombia’s James Rodriguez signs with Madrid

 

After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja and will be introduced to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m very happy,” Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. “Everything went well.”

Sports newspapers Marca and As said Madrid agreed to pay Monaco $108 million for Rodriguez. He is expected to join the squad Aug. 1.

Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay in the round of 16 at the World Cup, when he chested the ball down and then volleyed it in, was voted the best of the tournament. He scored a total of six times.

Green moves up

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola expects to keep young American forward Julian Green with the club this season instead of loaning him to another team.

The 19-year-old scored against Belgium in the World Cup. He spent most of last season with Bayern Munich II in the German fourth tier.

Brazil hires Dunga

Brazil has hired Dunga as its new national team coach as he returns to a job he held four years ago.

The 50-year-old Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week.


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