Atletico Madrid ‘patience’ to land James Rodriguez

Atletico Madrid are ‘totally calm’ in their pursuit of Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez and are prepared to show patience, report Marca.

It follows on from a report in Onda Cero on Thursday night that the player himself wanted to move across the Spanish capital.

It is claimed that Los Blancos will sell the Colombian international should his €50m valuation be met by a rival club, and the player wants to join Diego Simeone’s side.

James has been heavily linked with a permanent exit from Madrid this summer with both Napoli and Atleti said to be the leading candidates.

However, Napoli wanted an initial loan move for the player and now that the English market is closed, Atleti are growing in confidence on a deal.

James has returned to Madrid following a two-year loan spell at the Bavarian club having started just 13 Bundesliga matches this campaign and is said to want more regular first-team football.

The former Porto and Monaco star spent three seasons at Los Blancos, helping them to two European titles, but started just 13 La Liga games in his final campaign.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti brought James from Monaco to the Spanish capital back in 2014 and worked with him again during his time with Bundesliga giants Bayern.

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