Spanish giants Real Madrid have unofficially sacked midfielder James Rodriquez, according to MARCA.
The Colombia star has struggled for a regular spot at the Bernabeu and manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly agreed with the club’s hierarchy that the player should try his luck elsewhere.
The report has it that Zidane trusts youngsters Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio to fill the void that will be left by the former FC Porto and Monaco midfielder who shone brilliantly in his first season for the club.
However, he fell out of favour with former manager Rafa Benitez meant he lost his place in the team and when the Frenchman came in – his fortune didn’t improve as he was consistently put on the bench.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be interested in the 25-year-old but the player is determined to stay at the Bernabeu and fight for his place.
In a recent interview, Zidane told reporters: “I do not want him to leave, he is a Madrid player, he just wants to play more, but you have to do what he is doing and work.
“I hope to play him more this year, but I want everyone to give the maximum, and then I decide every game.
“And I have 25 players, so I do not have anything against James, people always ask me the same. James is well in Madrid.”
Rodriquez won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot and joined Real Madrid that summer for €75million.