Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has revealed that the club have received a big-money offer for him, but insists that he is going nowhere.
The 25-year-old struggled for regular first-team football under Zinedine Zidane last season – making just 17 league starts throughout the campaign – and much been said in the press of the future of Rodríguez and whether or not it will be at Madrid. However, all of those rumours of his departure have been denied by the Colombian himself.
Newspaper Marca revealed a conversation that had taken place with the Colombian international, in which Rodriguez Rubio said that he will continue in the team ‘merengue’, where he will fight to earn a place in the team and where he expects to harvest many more successes with the Champions League holder.
Rodríguez – who will be joining the rest of the Madrid for the beginning of pre-season in the coming days – stated: “I’m going to stay at Real Madrid. I’m going to succeed here.”
The decision for him to continue in the white rows was made himself, despite having recognised that official approaches had been for his service.
The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and West Ham United have all been linked with the Madrid midfielder, but he expressed his desire to fight for his place in the team.
The captain of Columbia added: “I know that the Club has come to an offer of 85 million for me, but I’m not leaving.”
Despite his instance that he will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu, Red Devils’ chief executive Ed Woodward is reported to have held talks with the agent of James Rodriguez – Jorge Mendes – over the potential signing of the Colombian star.
According to El Confidencial, Woodward met with Mendes last week, with a view to working out a deal to bring the 25-year-old to Old Trafford.