Monday 24 July 2017

Zinedine Zidane refuses to be drawn on future of Man United target James Rodriguez after 'farewell wave' to fans

James Rodriguez looks set to leave Real Madrid
James Rodriguez looks set to leave Real Madrid
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has refused to be drawn on what appeared to be a farewell wave from his playmaker James Rodriguez to the Bernabeu faithful on Sunday night, amid increasing speculation he is set to make a summer move to Manchester United.

The future of the Colombian international has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months, with United at the front of the queue to sign a player who has hinted he would like to make the move to Manchester.

Some reports in Spain have suggested a deal for James to move to Old Trafford has already been agreed ahead of a summer that is also expected to see United keeper David De Gea move to Real Madrid.

Now those rumours have reached fever pitch, after James appeared to offer a lingering wave to the Real Madrid fans as he was substituted during the 4-1 win against Sevilla.

Zidane was asked to clarify the future of his No.10 after the game and would only offer up these comments: “James is at Madrid and we have a lot left to do,” stated the Frenchman.

“We’re only thinking about the final stretch. I don’t want to talk about other things.”

United manager Jose Mourinho has been unwilling to be drawn on his transfer plans until his side’s Europa League final against Ajax is played next week, with a big turnover of his playing staff expected after a season when he failed to guide the club to a top four finish in the Premier League.

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