Guillem Balagué has provided an update on James Rodriquez’s Real Madrid future, confirming that no offers had been made for the midfielder and insisting the Spanish side want to keep the Columbian until at least the summer.
It was reported earlier this season that Mourinho had highlighted Rodriguez, who arrived at Madrid in 2014 after claiming the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award, as a potential transfer target in 2017.
The 25-year-old, speaking after Real Madrid’s 4-2 FIFA World Club Cup final win over Kashima Antlers, admitted that he was unhappy with the amount of game time he was receiving under Zinedine Zidane and confirmed that he would consider his options in January.
Balagué confirmed that no offers had come in for the Columbian since the transfer window opened.
James said in December he was considering his future. No offers arrived for him and Real want him to stay till end of the season at least
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 4, 2017
Rodriguez has only made seven starts so far this season, managing a full 90 minutes on just three occasions – a woefully insufficient total for a world class attacking midfielder embracing the prime stage of his career.
The Columbian will have to ask himself whether occupying the bench in Spain is the right thing for his long-term ambitions, and a chance to feature in Mourinho’s starting XI could tempt him away from the Bernabeu in the summer if he continues to be ostracised by Zidane.