Zidane puts huge dampner on Prem duo’s £65m James hopes

Date published: Wednesday 17th August 2016 1:58

James Rodriguez: Not leaving Real on loan

Zinedine Zidane insists he has no intention of letting James Rodriguez leave Real Madrid amid claims he could be sold to Chelsea or Arsenal for £65million.

The Colombian midfielder was linked with a move to the Premier League rivals on Tuesday, amid suggestions from agent Jorge Mendes that Real Madrid were prepared to sell the player.

The Colombia international has attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain but the report claimed he would like to play in the Premier League should he leave the Bernabeu.

However, Real boss Zidane has insisted Rodriguez is staying.

“James is here, I am happy with how he played and he will be staying here,” Zidane said following Madrid’s win over Reims in the Santiago Bernabeu trophy.

“I will always respond in the same way to that.”I’m tired of having to give a response. My stance is not going to change.”

Reports in Spain suggested Arsenal were leading the race for his signature, with Arsene Wenger keen to boost his forward options after drawing a series of blanks this summer.

Speaking after their opening day 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool, Wenger admitted: “We need some players back and of course I’ve said many times before we are working very hard still to get one or two more players in.

“It’s always desperate because there’s not much time left but I don’t know what you’d call desperate, it has to make sense and be quality.

“We’ve done that [spent big] before, but it’s about identifying the players and the availability of the players.”

Rodriguez made 26 La Liga appearances for Real last term but started only 17 games, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists.

The Colombia international joined Real in 2014 from Monaco for £70million and has four years to run on his current contract.

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