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Zinedine Zidane is focused on the title race in La Liga, rather than his plans for James Rodriguez.
Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Zidane said there’s “no debate” over Rodriguez’s future and blamed “a hard knock” for the Colombian attacking midfielder’s absence at training.
According to ESPN FC’s Rob Dawson, Manchester United is being offered the chance to buy Rodriguez, who’s expected to leave Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, frustrated over his lack of minutes under Zidane. Caracol Radio, based in Colombia, is reporting that the product of Envigado already holds an agreement with the Red Devils, and that his exit from the Santiago Bernabeu will be announced next Sunday, once Los Blancos’ participation in La Liga is over.
However, The Telegraph’s James Ducker disputes the reports.
“James is here with us,” Zidane said, according to ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan. “There is no debate about his future. He did not train today as he got a hard knock (on Sunday). And we are just thinking about the three games we have left.”
Rodriguez, who joined Real Madrid from AS Monaco after the 2014 World Cup, boasts 36 goals in 109 appearances for Los Blancos, but is struggling to find minutes in a rotation that includes the likes of Lucas Vazquez, Isco, Toni Kroos, Mateo Kovacic, and Marco Asensio.
Upon being substituted out of Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Sevilla, which was Los Blancos’ last home game of the La Liga season, Rodriguez appeared to be saying goodbye to the Santiago Bernabeu.