James insists he never wanted to join Man United

Date published: Monday 19th September 2016 10:03

James Rodriguez insists he never wanted to leave Real Madrid after scoring in a 2-0 victory over Espanyol.

Speculation over the last year has regularly linked James with a move to Manchester United, while Chelsea, PSG and West Ham have also been credited with an interest in the attacking midfielder.

Colombia international James, an €80million signing from Monaco, struggled to break into Real’s starting XI last season, but played an important role in the Spanish giants’ 16th-consecutive win in La Liga.

“I always wanted to stay here and I’m going to fight to stay here always. Zidane did not say anything to me [about leaving],” he told beIn Sports.

“It’s not been a bad time. I have the support of everyone, including the coach. It’s not about what people talk about outside.

“I have a good relationship with Zidane and the rest of my teammates and you can see that. We are a united team and we want to keep winning and setting records, as we did today.”

Speaking before the match, Real boss Zidane also spoke of his reluctance to lose the 25-year-old.

“I’ve said two or three times that he’s training very well and James is going to play, he’s important for the team,” he said.

“I see him to be very well, the same as last season. I won’t say he’s any different. He just wants to play like everyone else and is going to offer us what he has.

“If Cristiano [Ronaldo], Karim [Benzema] and Gareth [Bale] are at 100 percent, the idea is to play them.

“If they’re all available, I’ll play all three, but we don’t have just one game and I have the possibility of playing others, and when they play, they do so well.”

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