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James Rodríguez remains resolute: "I'm happy at Real Madrid"

Despite constant speculation surrounding his future since falling out of favour with Zinedine Zidane, the Colombian midfielder insists that he's happy to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid
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James Rodríguez remains resolute: "I'm happy at Real Madrid"
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Out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder James Rodríguez has stressed that he’s “happy” at the club despite having to make do with a bit part role in the side this season.

Real Madrid's midfielder James Rodriguez (R) chats with his teammate during a training session at Mitsuzawa stadium in Yokohama

James, who arrived at Madrid on an €80m transfer from Monaco in 2014, enjoyed a successful first year in the Spanish capital under Carlo Ancelotti, however, since the appointment of Zinedine Zidane last January, the Colombian has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot, falling behind in the midfield pecking order to Modric, Kroos, Casemiro and Isco.

Speculation on future 

Regardless of the continued speculation surrounding his future at the club with the January transfer window looming, James remains resolute. He also harbours hopes of playing in this Sunday’s Club World Cup final against Kashima Antlers in Yokohama.

“When you want to play at a club like Real Madrid, you always have to know that it’s a team that wants to win titles, and is used to winning titles,” said James on the fierce competition for places at Los Blancos, a contest that has toughened further still since the summer return of Marco Asensio from a loan spell.

Asked about his future, the 25-year stated simply, “I am happy here. I hope I can play the final and add yet another title. I hope to continue doing good things.”