Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has poured cold water on talks of James Rodriguez leaving the club amid links with Manchester United.
The Colombia international has been aligned with a move away from the Bernabeu of late with his place in Los Blancos’ XI under serious threat given the vast array of talent available.
Man United have reportedly submitted an offer of the 25-year-old, but the mooted €40m (£33.6m) fee falls some way shot of Real’s valuation of their South American,
And now Zidane has spoken about Rodriguez’s future, claiming that he has no desire to let the silky playmaker move on:
“I do not want him to leave, he is a Madrid player, he just wants to play more, but you have to do what he is doing and work,” He told Sky Sports.
“I hope to play him more this year, but I want everyone to give the maximum, and then I decide every game.
“And I have 25 players, so I do not have anything against James, people always ask me the same. James is well in Madrid.”
Rodriguez shone for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup, which earned him a massive move from Monaco to Real.
Although he shone during his debut campaign in Madrid, the former Porto man struggled for game time last term under Zidane.