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.