Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, has stated that he sees James Rodriguez in his plans.
James Rodriguez has been linked with a move away from Madrid, with Manchester United and West Ham looking to snap up the 25-year-old Colombian.
The attacking midfielder fell down the pecking order during Rafa Benitez and Zidane’s reign in the Spanish capital. However, the French manager is looking to work together with the Colombian in the upcoming season.
Zidane has confirmed that he is keen on keeping James in Spain, even though his side consists of many play-makers. This brings up speculation over the future of Isco, the 24-year-old Spaniard.
Isco hasn’t had as much of an impact as players like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, meaning that his future is in doubt, despite him producing a few outstanding moments in a Real Madrid shirt.
Isco and James Rodriguez will both battle it out for an attacking midfield position in the upcoming season, while Zidane still looks for one more midfield option.
“There are many players in that position, so nothing is closed,” Zidane told the media. “We will talk about this when we return to Madrid.
“There are many players in this position and it is difficult to fit them all in. Moreover, they are all very good. We will make decisions.
“I do not want James to leave. He is a Madrid player, he just wants to play more, but you have to do what he is doing and work.
“I hope to play him more this year but I want everyone to give their maximum, and then I decide before 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.”