James Rodriguez is said to have rejected the prospect of a January transfer to Arsenal in favour of fighting for a place under current manager Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

He is currently out of action with injury and is understood to remain sidelined into mid-December, but with the January market on the horizon, the speculation stops for no man.

Before picking up the knee injury while on international duty in October, the 28-year-old star had made just four starts for Los Blancos, leading to swathes of claims that he is surplus to requirements and could be loaned out on a similar deal to the one that saw him join Bayern Munich back in 2017.

But while Gunners are touted as the latest through a revolving door of reportedly interested teams to make tentative enquiries about the possibility, ​Marca claim that’s not an option James will pursue in January.

It’s said he has no interest in departing ​Madrid mid-season and wants to return from injury to fight for a place and help his club continue their recovery from a difficult start to the campaign.

The South American has made just nine appearances across all competitions so far, the latest coming from the start in the 1-0 defeat to Mallorca.

Since then, however, the Galacticos have taken ten points from 12 in La Liga, netting 13 and conceding just once, to move level on points with ​Barcelona at the top of the league.