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James Rodriguez confirms he is yet to discuss Real Madrid future with Zinedine Zidane

By Ben Green

Published: 18:28, 25 June 2019

Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez admits he is powerless in deciding his Los Blancos future as he confirms talks with Zinedine Zidane are yet to take place. 

The Colombia playmaker fell out of favour with the Frenchman during his first stint at the Bernabeu helm and has subsequently spent the past two seasons on loan with Bayern Munich.

Could James leave Real? Five things to know…

  • James joined Los Blancos in 2014 after clinching the World Cup Golden Ball with Colombia that same year.
  • He enjoyed a fine maiden campaign with Carlo Ancelotti in the dugout but struggled for consistency under successor Zidane.
  • As such, James has spent the previous two years on loan in Germany with Bayern Munich.
  • He has impressed at times, but again, consistency has been a key issue, and the club will not make his temporary stint a permanent one.
  • James now looks set to leave Real, though discussions with Zidane are yet to take place.

With the Bavarians recently confirming they will not exercise an instalment in James’ contract to make his move a permanent one, the 27-year-old has been left in limbo regarding his future.

It is yet to be determined where James will be playing his football next season, though with close to £300m being spent on new recruits in the Spanish capital, the South American looks set to leave the La Liga giants.

Rumours of a move away from the Bernabeu have been gaining serious momentum in recent weeks, but the Cafeteros legend has conceded he is yet to evaluate his current transfer situation with Zidane.

Speaking after Colombia’s 1-0 win against Paraguay in the Copa America, James said: “Right now I am thinking about the Copa America and I don’t know where I’ll be going.

“The decision depends on the club. I think there are some people inside the club who decide a lot and I can’t do anything. I have not spoken with Zidane.”

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Where next for James?

Speculation of James pitching up in the Premier League has naturally been rife, but one club that appears an odds-on favourite to secure the Colombian’s signature is Napoli.

The Parthenopeans are believed to have already lodged a bid for the Madrid outcast, though it’s said to be far below Florentino Perez’s valuation of the player.

Napoli will supposedly table a fresh bid, with Ancelotti reportedly keen on rekindling his former association with James having signed the midfielder on two separate occasions, with Real and Bayern respectively.

James is currently with the Colombian national side at the Copa America in Brazil, where Carlos Queiroz’s side topped Group B, so expect no movement on the playmaker’s situation until after the tournament.