Chelsea and Man Utd target James wants Real Madrid stay

Date published: Sunday 29th May 2016 2:08 - Rob Conlon

James Rodriguez: Attacker an unused substitute in final

James Rodriguez insists he wants to stay at Real Madrid, despite failing to play a single minute of the Champions League final.

Real defeated cross-city rivals Atletico on penalties to win their 11th European Cup, but Rodriguez remained on the bench even as they pursued victory during their 1-1 draw.

The Colombia international, who joined them for a fee that could rise to £71million in 2014, is yet to truly establish himself at the club and there has been speculation he could join Chelsea or Manchester United.

He is determined to stay at the Bernabeu, however, insisting he can improve from the difficulties he has experienced.

“The season was a little strange but when you have bad things you learn too, eventually you learn every day,” said the 24-year-old, in quotes published by Fox Sports.

“You never know in football but I want to stay here and my idea is to be here for many more years.

“I think I need to look forward. I’m happy here. All my people are happy. This is the ideal club and I want to be here.

“I’m happy, everyone played a great game and in the end it was good. I wanted the team to win, what’s best is I get another Champions League (winner’s medal).”

Real won when Cristiano Ronaldo struck the decisive penalty to secure a 5-3 shootout victory shortly after Juanfran missed for Atletico.

Sergio Ramos’ controversial finish gave Real a 15th-minute lead that was preserved when Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty. Substitute Yannick Carrasco equalised to send the final at Milan’s San Siro into extra-time.

Defeat represented Atletico’s second in three years in a Champions League final, and manager Diego Simeone afterwards refused to commit his future to the club.


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