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Real Madrid have decided to keep James Rodriguez, according to a report from El Chiringuito’s Josep Pedrerol. The Colombian midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Napoli and Atlético Madrid this summer, and wasn’t thought to be in Zinedine Zidane’s plan, but the club decided to keep him to fill the gap created by the injury to Marco Asensio and the potential departure of Gareth Bale.

The club failed to reach an agreement with Napoli because the Italian club did not want to pay the €40 million euros transfer fee demanded by Los Blancos, and after already selling Marcos Llorente to Atlético, it looks like they don’t want to further strengthen their city rivals.

However, anything can still change in the coming weeks. It’s no secret that Zidane doesn’t want to have James in his team and should Real Madrid be able to find a new midfielder, then the Colombian might still leave.

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James is due to return for pre-season training at Valdebebas on Monday, after being given extra time off for his Copa America involvement.

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