Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has warned Premier League clubs that James Rodriguez won’t be leaving the club this summer.
Chelsea and Arsenal are both believed to be keen on the Colombian, who has had a difficult couple of years at the Bernabeu.
The striker has netted 20 times since moving to Real from Monaco after starring at the 2014 World Cup, but he’s found it difficult to displace the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema from the limelight.
It doesn’t look like his fortunes are going to change this season either, playing just 13 minutes in the opening day 3-0 win away to Real Sociedad, but Zidane insists he’s happy nonetheless.
“He is well and happy. He worked and helped us to gain the three points,” the Madrid boss told reporters.
If Rodriguez were to move to the Premier League, it’s more likely that it would be Chelsea, not Arsenal, who would come up with the money for him.
However, having already signed Michy Batshuayi, the Blues’ attack is looking healthy, so it looks like another season as a bit-part at the Bernabeu for the forward.