James Rodriguez has revealed that Real Madrid received a €85million bid for his services but insists he will be staying at the Bernabeu.
Colombia star Rodriguez has struggled to fully establish himself at Real since joining the Spanish giants from Monaco for a fee which could reach £71million in 2014.
In the past month, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris-Saint Germain and West Ham have all been linked with a move for the attacking midfielder, and the 25-year-old has confirmed a bid has been made.
“I know that the club received an €85million bid for me, but I’m not leaving. I will stay at Real Madrid, I will succeed here. I will fight to earn my place. That’s my dream,” Rodriguez told Marca.
And Real manager Zinedine Zidane has also insisted that he does not want to lose the former Porto man.
“James Rodriguez is a Real Madrid player. He will be back on July 26 with Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric. I will speak to him then, like I will with everybody,” Zidane said.
“I won’t say that James isn’t part of the first team. He is important to us, sure he has played less, but I don’t see him as a substitute.
“Every time he could play he picked him, and the same will happen this year. We have a very big squad, and it is tough to pick the team. But I will always do the same thing: play the most competitive side.”