James Rodriguez’s future is up in the air, but the Colombia international doesn’t look remotely fazed based on the stunning goal he scored in a Real Madrid training session this week.
The 24-year-old picked the ball up on the right-hand side of the pitch and slalomed past three opponents with a Lionel Messi-esque run before slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net past the goalkeeper.
His goal was so impressive that his teammates even gave him a round of applause. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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James was expected to be sold by Real Madrid this summer - Guillem Balague revealed on Sky Sports earlier this month that Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez have lost faith in the left-footed playmaker - but the Spanish press indicate that there may have been a surprise change of heart at the Bernabeu this week.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Perez has sent a message to the player’s close circle: “James is not for sale”.
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Video: James' Golazo in training
Perez and Zidane want James to stay?
The Real Madrid president will tell James that he wants him to continue at the Bernabeu when they have their planned meeting after the Champions League final on May 28.
Furthermore, Zidane is also understood to be in favour of James staying with the Spanish giants, despite reports to the contrary.
Both Perez and Zidane reportedly feel that if James is able to put in a good pre-season he will be back to his best level for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Valderrama concerned for James
However, Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama is concerned for his compatriot and believes he may need to leave Real Madrid in order to get his career back on track.
“Even if he (Rodriguez) scores three, four or five goals, Zidane won't put him on,” Valderrama was recently quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “James is a player he does not like.”
English clubs keen to sign James
If Real Madrid stick with their original plan and sell James this season, there won’t be a shortage of clubs willing to pay big money for the South American.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City are all understood to be keen on signing the former AS Monaco star, who cost Real Madrid a huge £63 million following his eye-catching performances at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
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