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Man Utd target James Rodriguez confirms €85m bid but insists he wants to stay at Real

LA CORUNA, SPAIN - MAY 14: James Rodriguez of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid CF at Riazor Stadium on May 14, 2016 in La Coruna, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has insisted that he will not be leaving the club this summer despite interest from a number of clubs across Europe – revealing that the club received a bid of €85m for his services.

Manchester United are known to hold an interest in the Colombian, who set the world alight with his performances at the 2014 World Cup to earn a big-money move to the Bernabeu. However, he’s flitted in and out of the team as he fails to hit the same heights on a regular basis.

Marca’s Cover: “James: I’m staying in Madrid, I want to succeed here.”

He will continued to fight for his chance though, telling Marca: “I will fight to earn my place. That’s my dream. I will stay at Real Madrid, I will succeed here. I know that the club received an €85m bid for me, but I’m not leaving.”

Ismael Rescalvo, the coach of his first professional club in Colombia, said recently: “I had a private conversation with James [Rodriguez] and he said he was looking forward to go back [to Madrid] and challenge for a spot in the line-up.

“He showed up to our match against Patriotas on Monday and then he came down to the dressing room to ask me whether he could join our training session on Tuesday. He was very humble and completed the training session like any of the regulars. We put together special drills for him and I saw him in top shape.”

Marca’s Cover: “Real Madrid withdrew from Gomes’ deal at the last minute due to James’ desire to stay at the club.”

The Colombian has found first-team action hard to come by under the management of Zinedine Zidane, fueling speculation that Rodriguez would leave for pastures new over the summer in order to get regular games. Since his £64m move in 2014, Rodriguez has 25 goals and 28 assists in 78 appearances for Madrid.

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