Reported Manchester United and Chelsea target James Rodriguez has ended uncertainty over his immediate future by vowing to stay at Real Madrid.
“Now a new year has begun for me and I’m staying at Madrid,” he said. “Everyone in the team wants to play all the time, and we all go through bad moments.
“I just want to play well when I have the chance and be able to do good things like I did today and help the team by scoring goals.”
Real boss Zidane was praiseworthy of the playmaker, who has made just four league starts this campaign.
“James had a good game,” he said. “He worked hard and scored two goals. He was important, just like everyone else.”
James Rodriguez has grown frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities under Zinedine Zidane but scored twice in a 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey last-16 on Wednesday.