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Zidane: James Future a Matter for the Club

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Zidane: James Future a Matter for the Club

Zinedine Zidane insisted talk about James Rodriguez's Real Madrid future was not his concern amid claims the playmaker has no interest in staying.

James is linked with Napoli and Atletico Madrid after returning to the Santiago Bernabeu from a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich.

Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin told ESPN on Thursday that James did not want to continue at Madrid, nor did the La Liga giants want him to.

The comments seemed to open the door to a move across the city for the 28-year-old, with Marin claiming that Atletico boss Diego Simeone was a fan, and Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti​ having made his feelings on the player well known.

Asked about those comments, Zidane said the Colombia international's future was not something for him to worry about, claiming it would be up to the clubs to decide his fate.

"It is a matter for the club," he told a news conference ahead of Madrid's International Champions Cup clash against Atletico on Friday.

"It is something between them – the presidents – not me."