Napoli transfer target James Rodriguez starts for Real Madrid today, as Zinedine Zidane would “be happy if he stayed.”
The Colombia international had been on the outskirts of the squad after returning from a two-season loan at Bayern Munich.
Atletico Madrid and Napoli were interested, but preferred a discount on the €42m asking price, or a loan with option to buy structure.
With other injuries, James climbed up the ranking and impressed the Coach in training, enough to be in the starting XI against Real Valladolid this evening.
“James is in good shape and I’d be happy if he stayed with us,” Zidane told as.com.