Premier League teams Manchester United and West Ham have been alerted to the potential availability of Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez as Zidane hints at Real Madrid exit.
James Rodriguez had a disappointing season under Zinedine Zidane last year, and has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United that would see him reunited with his former boss Jose Mourinho.
Alternatively, speculation has grown of an ambitious plot from West Ham to hijack a deal for James as they prepare for life at their new Olympic Stadium home.
The Colombian international became the sixth most expensive player of all time when he made his £63million transfer from Monaco to Real in 2013 and, if either Premier League club could convince him to swap Spain for England, it would come at a premium.
Regardless of the fee complications, United and the Hammers have been greeted by some positive news when Real manager Zidane admitted the size of his squad has made life ‘complicated’.
‘The idea with James Rodriguez is the same as with everyone else – he’s a Real Madrid player,’ said Zidane.
‘I’m not going to tell you that James is a starter. He’s an important player. We’ll see what happens this year, I have a big squad and it’s complicated.
‘I have to play the most competitive side I can and I’ll do the same thing this season, that’s my responsibility.’