Arsenal have their hopes dashed re the signing of Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez, with Spanish broadsheet Sport reporting that the playmaker has opted to stay and fight for his place at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bar his stupendous displays in his first season at Real, James’ performances for Los Blancos has dwindled – although it could be argued that lack of game time has contributed to this – the South American is rarely in boss Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up.
James has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid and as a result, the Colombian international has been frequently linked with a move to the English Premier League, with clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea registering interests. Despite the absence of talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo for Real yesterday, James still had to settle for a bench role against Real Sociedad as Zidane’s side ran out 3-0 winners.
The likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio are ahead of him and a transfer to the Premier League for James was reported as happening, with Arsenal readying a mammoth fee for the Colombian.
Now, James’ decision to fight for his place under Zidane at Real will be another blow to Arsenal, as well as other interested suitors.