Despite admitting he endured a “strange” season at Real Madrid, James Rodriguez insists he wants to stay at the Bernabeu.
A mixture of poor form and a lack of game time has greatly hindered the Colombia international, who sat on the bench against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.
His latest snub might have been the last straw for some yet Rodriguez appears determined to prove his worth to manager Zinedine Zidane.
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The 24-year-old has far from justified the €80 million euros spent to sign him in 2014, but there’s no doubting his vast potential.
Following his side’s victory in Milan, he said, per Sky Sports: “The season was a little strange but when you have bad things you learn every day.
“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 of my people are happy. This is the ideal club and I want to be here.
“I’m happy, everyone played a great time and in the end it was good. I wanted them to win, what’s best is I get another Champions League.”
Rodriguez’s latest comments will come as a blow to the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, all of whom vying for his signature this summer.
Reports in April suggested Zidane had run out of patience with the attacking midfielder, though, suggesting Rodriguez’s words mean very little until his manager also comments on the situation.