Conjectures have been ended by Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club.
Reports in England and Spain linked Rodriguez, who joined Real from Monaco shortly after the 2014 World Cup, with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United among the clubs keen to get his services.
Speaking ahead of his team’s opening pre-season game against Paris Saint-GermainAat the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, United States, Zidane said: “James is a Real Madrid player.
“We have a very good squad, we have won with this team and James is just one more in the team. He will remain at Real Madrid.”
Rodriguez impressed in his debut season at Real, scoring 17 goals and setting up 17 more in 46 appearances, but lost his place in the starting line-up and made just 21 starts in the 2015-16 campaign.
Real, who finished runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga last season, have made just one signing so far this summer, with Spanish forward Alvaro Morata returning to the club two years after being sold to Juventus.
However, Real are hopeful to get another Juventus player, with Zidane revealing that the club are still in the race to sign France international Paul Pogba.
The 23-year-old midfielder remains a number one target for top European clubs, including his former team Manchester United, who are, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, prepared to meet Juve’s asking price of 120 million euros ($131.95 million).
Asked about his flow man Pogba, Zidane said: “UntilAAugust 31Aanything can happen but Paul Pogba is not yet a Real Madrid player.
“Every club is interested in Pogba because he is a great player. More so when you are Real Madrid because you always want the best. But we have to respect the player, he belongs to Juventus.”
United was left by Pogba four years ago to join Juventus as a free agent and the France international is contracted to the Italian champions until June 2019.