Colombian sensation James Rodriguez has revealed that he intends to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid, despite interest from other major European clubs.
Having lit up the 2014 World Cup, James Rodriguez arrived from Monaco to Real Madrid for a fee of £63 million, and managed to bag 13 goals and 13 assists in 29 league games for the Spanish giants in his first season, under the management of Carlo Ancelotti.
However, following Ancelotti’s departure from the Spanish capital, Rodriguez struggled under his successor Rafa Benitez, and the play-maker’s situation got even worse under Los Blancos’ newest (and current) boss Zinedine Zidane.
James spent the second half of the previous season mainly on the bench, and out of Zidane’s favour. The midfielder remained absent from a majority of Real Madrid’s crucial games, wherein he was only used as a substitute.
It looked like the star man was definitely on his way out of the Madrid-based club, with other big clubs from all around Europe showing genuine interest in his services.
However, the 25-year-old has now revealed that he absolutely intends to stay at Real Madrid, and fight for his place in the reigning European Champions’ squad. He also mentioned an atrocious bid worth around €85 million, which was made for him by an unknown club.
Speaking to Marca, he stated: “I’m going to fight to earn a place in Madrid. That’s my dream. I’m going to stay with Real Madrid, I’m going to triumph here. I know the club have had an offer of €85 million for me, but I’m not leaving.”
Furthermore, Ismael Rescalvo, the coach of Rodriguez’ former club Envigado, also confirmed that the Colombian international intends to fight for his spot at his current club.
Rescalvo was quoted as saying: “He has told me that he wants to return and earn his spot back.”