For the second transfer window running, Chelsea have failed to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, after he has revealed that he’d want an exit from the Spanish capital.
Rodriguez was ready to dump Real Madrid for a move to Chelsea, after he missed playing in the Club World Championship finals, but he later backtracked on his earlier decision and chose to remain with Real Madrid.
According to Marca, it could all boil down to Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
James Rodriguez turned down an enticing offer from Premier League side Chelsea after Cristiano Ronaldo advised him to stay in the Spanish capital, Marca reports.
Rodriguez has now confirmed that he wouldn’t be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu any longer.
“We all go through bad moments, but a new year starts for me now,” James later said after an excellent performance in the Copa del Rey last-16 first leg against Sevilla.
“I am staying in Madrid.”