Article by Dean Carr of SBAT.com.
The 24-year-old only joined Real in 2014 after a sensational World Cup for Colombia, during which he scored six goals and also made two assists, making him to some the player of tournament despite Lionel Messi claiming the Golden Ball award.
But after making just 21 starts for the club this season, the €80 million man’s future has come under intense speculation in recent months after failing to replicate the form shown during the World Cup in Brazil.
Since the appointment of Zinedine Zidane, Real have set up with more of an eye on defending, with the combative Casemiro entering the starting eleven to the expense of James and Isco whose game time has dropped off significantly. The Brazilian’s introduction has provided midfield regulars Toni Kroos and Luka Modric with less defensive responsibility, having previously been the two holding midfielders behind either James or Isco.
However, the midfielder has vowed to come through this difficult patch and learn from what has been a testing twelve months.
“The season was a little strange but when you have bad things you learn too, eventually you learn every day” he told Sky Sports.
“You never know in football but I want to stay here and my idea is to be here for many more years.
“I think I need to look forward. I’m happy here. All my people are happy. This is the ideal club and I want to be here.
“I’m happy, everyone played a great game and in the end it was good. I wanted the team to win, what’s best is I get another Champions League.”
James was an unused substitute during Real’s penalty shootout victory over Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening, as both Lucas Vazquez and Isco were called upon by Zidane before the Colombian was considered.
Rodriguez has recently been linked with a move to English giants Manchester United most frequently in recent weeks, but it appears any scenario other than him remaining at the Santiago Bernabeu will be an undesired one.
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