Real Madrid’s Colombian star James Rodriguez has denied he had ever thought of leaving the club this summer after commanding a somewhat good start to the season with the European champions.
James was signed for €80 million in the summer of 2014 from French side Monaco and had a superb first season at Santiago Bernabeu under Carlo Ancelotti, but then had a difficult 2015-16 campaign as he struggled to find a regular place in the starting XI under both of that year’s coaches Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane.
Speaking after scoring his first goal of the season in the win over Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday 18 September, the striker said he has always been looking to stay on and fight for his place in the team.
He said he has been getting great support from the his team mates and coach and is focused on helping the club win.
“I always wanted to stay here and I’m going to fight to stay here always,” James said. “Zidane did not say anything to me [about leaving].”
“It’s not been a bad time. I have the support of everyone, including the coach. It’s not about what people talk about outside. I have a good relationship with Zidane and the rest of my teammates and you can see that. We are a united team and we want to keep winning and setting records, as we did today.” He added.