Madrid ‘ignoring’ James interest

Real Madrid are reportedly ignoring offers for Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez even though Zinedine Zidane recommended his sale.

AS says that clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in James but as it stands, Los Blancos prefer not to discuss his departure.

PSG are said to have been willing to pay around €90m for the ex-Monaco player, who himself wants to avoid spending another season as a reserve, as he was for much of the 2015-16 campaign.

Zizou is alleged to have recommended the club sell and there is pressure from the Colombia national team for James to move and guarantee regular football, but the Madrid hierarchy’s stance remains in favour of keeping James.

AS suggest that part of the reason Madrid want to retain James is his popularity in South America and his high profile on social media, as James’ 10m Twitter followers is behind only Cristiano Ronaldo’s 43m with regards to the Madrid squad.

James is also seen as one of the only players Madrid have that can rival Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano as a selling point to Latin America.

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