Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy admits he could move to Roma in January in order to re-ignite his career if the Spanish giants continue to leave him on the bench.

According to Italian daily Il Corriere Dello Sport, the Dutchman was on the verge of joining the Giallorossi on the last day of the season as the club made a final dash, but he decided to stay in Spain.

With Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema likely to keep him on the bench, the striker is looking at a solution.

"If Real Madrid continue to leave me out then I will look around me," van Nistelrooy told Corriere. "Roma wanted me, and they could be the solution for January,"

Real president Florentino Perez called Roma president Rosella Sensi to remind her of van Nistelrooy.

The Italians are keen on adding a striker to their ranks and the Dutchman could be the solution. Former coach Luciano Spalletti was keen on signing a hitman, but never got one, and voices in the capital claim this was one of the reasons behind his exit.

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