Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists coach Zinedine Zidane will decide on the future of James Rodriguez this summer.
He has been heavily linked with a move away from Madrid after struggling to establish himself as a first-team player and speculation over his career at the Santiago Bernabeu only intensified after he was left out of the squad for Saturday’s 4-1 Champions League final victory over Juventus.
Perez also touched upon the status of Daivd de Gea, claiming he doesn’t know where the Spaniard will be playing next season as it’s likely for him to be included in a swap deal.
Speaking about a potential move, Perez claims the Colombia international’s future still has to be decided on by Zidane.
“We’re going to speak with Zidane, who’s the conductor of this orchestra. If it were up to me, everyone would stay,” he said.
“James is an incredible player, but when you have so many… I’d have everyone stay. We’ll speak with the coach; he is the person who will decide the future.
“De Gea is a great goalkeeper who plays for United,” he told Atresmedia. “I don’t know where he will play next season because I’m not a fortune teller.
“Zidane can spend his life at Madrid. He’s a person that all us Madridistas have to thank. He elevated our level of talent [as a player] in 2001 and put on a show.
“He’s done this in 17 months, and in 17 months you can’t do everything. He said that [about his future] to free himself of the pressure. He said that he hadn’t won anything, but now he has won everything.”
De Gea has continued to be linked with an Old Trafford exit after his move fell through on deadline day in the 2015 summer transfer window, although he’s now expected to bring in a fee of around £60 million as the club are in a much stronger position for negotiations than they were when he was in the last year of his contract.
Rodriguez is an incredible player and after being left out in the Champions League final it seems like his exit is almost certain but it remains to be seen where he’ll end up.