The Colombian player did not show up on the first day of Al Rayyan's preseason.

The Colombian player did not show up on the first day of Al Rayyan's preseason.

James Rodríguez seems to be looking for a new lease of life in his career, after a lackluster season at Al Rayyan, from the first division of Qatar football.

The Qatari club started its pre-season this Wednesday and James was not in the first game with coach Nicolás Córdova and his teammates, which is why rumors of his departure are growing.

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< br>To the supposed interests of clubs like Galatasaray from Turkey, where until a year ago Radamel Falcao García played, from West Ham United from England and Inter Miami, now a new team comes to the fore.

Botafogo , the team that would be interested in James

This is Botafogo, which this year returned to the Brasileirao and hopes to fight for the title of their country. According to the Qatari edition of the Bein Sports portal, the club is negotiating the transfer of James, who is about to turn 31.

 The Colombian player did not show up on the first day of Al Rayyan's preseason.

Botafogo does not have any Colombian players on its roster. In 2020, the year in which he lost the category and fell to B, Carlos 'Neneco' Rentería and Iván Angulo were there.

Now, with the arrival of American businessman John Textor, the largest shareholder, in addition, of Olympique de Lyon and Crystal Palace, the James thing could be a market blow, although the Colombian's price is well below, for example, the 75 million dollars that Real Madrid paid in 2014, when he was the top scorer in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

James' performance in Qatar was far from his best level. He arrived in September of last year, from Everton, but the injuries did not allow him to continue. He played just 15 games, 12 of them as a starter, with five goals and six assists.

Al Rayyan's poor year would motivate James' departure

It was also not a good season for Al Rayyan, who, from fighting for the title a year earlier, went on to fight not to be relegated, which cost French coach Laurent Blanc his job.

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James hasn't played for a team on this continent since 2011, when Banfield transferred him to Porto, from Portugal.

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