James Rodriguez poses for pictures Tuesday with wife Daniela Ospina and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. (Getty Images)
Madrid — A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Spanish sports newspapers Marca and As both reported that Madrid had agreed to pay French club Monaco 80 million euros ($108 million) for Rodriguez. He is expected to join the squad on Aug. 1.
On Aug. 2, Real Madrid plays Manchester United at Michigan Stadium in a Guinness International Champions Cup match. Rodriguez, however, is not expected to play.
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.
“I’m very happy,” Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. “Everything went well.”
In the afternoon he was presented to thousands of cheering fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Many wore Colombian national colors and waved flags.
Madrid president Florentino Perez welcomed the forward.
“Colombia will be at your side,” said Perez, raising a loud cheer from fans in the stadium.
Rodriguez said: “I hope to win many titles here, Hala Madrid,” invoking the club’s chant.
Rodriguez will strengthen Madrid’s attacking lineup, joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema up front.
The Colombia forward will wear the No. 10 shirt, vacated when Mesut Ozil left Madrid for Arsenal. The shirt is inscribed with just “James” above the number.