Possible landing in the Spanish league: "In my head, at that moment, in that two-day period, I was ready to go and play in Spain. Although there were rumors, the other three options (Barça, Madrid and Chelsea) were much more real ".
"United had a great result in their last UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford when they thumped Leipzig 5-0, and if they can find that type of performance again, they should pick up a valuable three points". I think going to the Euros, and doing well there, probably added a bit more money onto the transfer fee but I broke my foot and found out a few things. He was going to sign for Newcastle United before joining Manchester United.
"Once I knew they did want to sign me, it was the only club [for me]". I remember One day be thinking: "imagine playing in that Barcelona: Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets.' And, at that time, Messi did not play as he plays now, as number '9" for example.
The paper reports that the United board want to secure Everton's Marcel Brands whatever the cost. I'd gone too far then. "I couldn't wait another year, I couldn't stay another year at Everton, so I was prepared to go to Newcastle for that year".
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England striker tipped the Toffees to change to a 4-2-3-1 formation if they signed James meaning Rodriguez would be relieved of his defensive duties. "I bought into everything we wanted to do and thankfully I got that goal and assist". [I told them if] I went there and Manchester United came in, they'd have to let me go. I could go down to catch the ball and have those players running around behind. "It was basically whatever Newcastle paid for me, United would have paid a year later".