James Rodriguez reacts to Chelsea, Man Utd speculation

James Rodriguez

Colombian winger James Rodriguez has insisted that he is content to stay at Real Madrid beyond the summer despite his struggles to earn regular first-team football.

The former AS Monaco man was hugely tipped to leave the European champions last month with both Chelsea and Manchester United associated by his services, but unfortunately, the move did not materialise any further with Los Blancos restricted from recruiting a replacement due to their transfer ban.

Since then, the 25-year-old has received a similar treatment under Zinedine Zidane, but he has now had a change of thought and would like to remain at Los Blancos for many years to come.

“I thought about it a lot but Real Madrid is a club where I always wanted to be,” Rodriguez told football-espana following Los Blancos’ 3-1 win over Napoli in the Champions League.

“I’ve always dreamt of being here. So I want to stay here for many years.”

Premier League leaders Chelsea had planned a £60m offer for the attacker during the previous transfer window, while Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had highlighted Rodriguez as a potential target for the summer.

The move is unlikely to be beneficial for the Colombian in the long-term, but he is prepared to stick with the Spanish giants even if it is to play second fiddle to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale – back in training, for the coming years.

Rodriguez joined Real Madrid from AS Monaco following his World Cup exploits in 2014 and has since earned nearly 100 appearances across all competitions.