Real Madrid midfielder and Manchester United transfer target has spoken out about his future amid speculation surrounding a potential move to Old Trafford, insisting he is happy in Spain heading into the new year.
The Columbian, speaking after Madrid’s 4-2 FIFA Club World Cup final win over Kashima Antlers last month, revealed that he would consider his options ahead of the January transfer window.
It was later revealed by Guillem Balague that the Spanish side, keen to keep Rodriguez at the club until at least the summer, were yet to receive any offers for the 25-year-old.
And Rodriguez, when asked about the links with Man United, made it clear that he was determined to fight for his place under Zinedine Zidane.
“I just want to perform well whenever I’m given the chance and do a good job, to help the team, just as I did today,” he said.
“Everyone in the squad always wants to play all of the time. I’m fine and we all go through rough patches. This is a new year and a new life, I’m staying put.
“I’m happy at Real Madrid. This is the club that I always dreamed of playing for and when I hear the Bernabeu chanting my name there’s nothing like it.”
The Columbian’s tone has changed remarkably over the course of a month. His interview following Madrid’s FIFA World Club Cup win, for example, contained notable undertones of discontent.
“Things are not going as I would want,” he noted. “You must think about everything. I cannot assure you what will happen, as I want to play more.”
These comments led to something of an outcry from Madrid supporters, with even Sergio Ramos stepping in to express his disapproval of Rodriguez’s remarks.
I suspect that, in response, Zidane had a few words with the midfielder, perhaps reassuring him that he does have a future at the Bernabeu after all.