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Friday 16. August 2019 - 11:06

Zinedine Zidane makes surprise transfer U-turn over Real Madrid star

Real Madrid are no longer interested in selling James Rodriguez.

The Colombian has not played a competitive game for Los Blancos since the 2016/17 campaign after spending the last two seasons on loan at German side Bayern Munich.

They 28-year-old had been one of the players expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer, with Napoli among the clubs showing interest in the midfielder.

It was also believed that - like Gareth Bale - Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wanted to part company with Rodriguez in order to facilitate moves for other targets.

In fact, recent reports had suggested that Real had offered the midfielder to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a deal for Neymar, only for that approach to be rejected by the French giants.

However, it has now been suggested that Rodriguez is set to remain in the Spanish capital, with COPE Deportes claiming that his situation at the club has changed.

According to the Spanish radio station, the Colombian is no longer on the market, with Zidane viewing him as an important player for the upcoming campaign.

Rodriguez has made 111 appearances for Real since joining from Monaco in 2014 and has helped the club to two Champions League trophies and one La Liga title.

However, he saw his opportunities at the Bernabeu become increasingly limited and he joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal at the start of the 2017/18 season.

He went on to score 15 goals and provide 20 assists during his two seasons with the Bundesliga giants but returned to Madrid this summer.

After representing his country at the Copa America this summer, Rodriguez only rejoined Zidane's squad at the end of July.

It remains to be seen whether he will feature when Real travel to Celta Vigo on Saturday in their opening game of the new La Liga campaign.

It comes after a number of poor displays during pre-season, with Zidane's side losing to Tottenham and suffering a heavy 7-3 defeat to local rivals Atletico.

Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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