James Rodriguez wants Bayern Munich stay amid talk of imminent Real Madrid return

David Cooper 24/07/2018
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James enjoyed a productive debut season with Bayern.

James Rodriguez has revealed he is happy at Bayern Munich amid speculation Real Madrid could bring him back to the Bernabeu this summer.

It has been suggested the Colombian star, who enjoyed a stellar first season with the Bavarians after arriving on a two-year loan agreement last summer, might return to Los Blancos with talk thatWhites president Florentino Perez wants to renegotiate that deal.

New boss Julen Lopetegui, according to reports in Spain, is apparently keen to have the 27-year-old at his disposal ahead of the upcoming La Liga campaign.

However, Bayern are not set to budge and will retain the attacker’s services, given they have a purchase agreement in place to sign him permanently in the summer of 2019.

And Rodriguez, who contributed seven goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga last term, seems to agree – telling Colombian TV programme ‘The Suso Show’ that he is enjoying life in Germany.

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Barcelona submit bid for Malcom, forcing Bordeaux to cancel Brazilian's move to Roma

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In demand: Malcom.

Malcom could be on his way to Barcelona after Blaugrana launched a bid late on Monday night to sign the Brazilian star.

The 21-year-old was headed to Serie A giants Roma, however, his current club Bordeaux have blocked the move despite an agreement being in place between the two sides.

The forward was expected to undergo a medical in Rome on Tuesday and complete his switch to Italy ahead of Roma’s pre-season tour to the United States.

But, now those plans have been ripped up according to sources.

Bordeaux supposedly cancelled their player’s travel arrangements to the Italian capital after receiving an offer from Barcelona for their man.

It has been suggested that the Catalan club have proposed significantly more cash than Roma’s initial bid of €38 million and that is thought to be the principal reason why the transfer with Roma was halted.

Malcom, in recent times, has also been linked with Everton and Tottenham.

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Maurizio Sarri confident of keeping want-away Chelsea trio Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian at club

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Chelsea duo Hazard and Courtois are being linked with moves away.

Maurizio Sarri says he is confident of keeping Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian at Chelsea and plans to speak to the players by the end of July.

Belgium internationals Hazard and Courtois have been heavily linked with moves to Real Madrid, while Brazilian Willian is reportedly a target for Barcelona.

The influential trio have yet to return for pre-season training as they recover from the World Cup, meaning new Blues manager Sarri must wait to discuss their futures.

Speaking after his first Chelsea game ended in a 1-0 friendly win over Perth Glory, the Italian coach told Sky Sports News: “It’s a pleasure to have Courtois, to have Willian, to have Hazard, but it (their futures) doesn’t depend on me, not only on me.

“So, we have to wait. I’m confident.”

Goalkeeper Courtois has only a year remaining on his contract, while forwards Hazard and Willian each have an additional 12 months.

Asked when he would have a chance to talk to the players, Sarri added: “Face to face, I think at the end of the month because they will come to Cobham (training ground) at the end of the month.”

Italian Sarri has plenty to sort out at Stamford Bridge, with the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League not helping his cause to convince key players to stay.

Defender David Luiz, who became a peripheral figure under Antonio Conte last season, played the full 90 minutes in Perth as he attempts to get his career back on track.

He believes the club must keep hold of their best players, while backing compatriot Willian to remain in west London.

“I think that the press sell the players every single year. They buy players, they sell players,” he said.

“I hope the trio can stay because they are fantastic players, fantastic talents and we need the best players in Chelsea.

“I speak to Willian almost every day, he loves to play for Chelsea. I think he’s going to stay.”

Sarri has had little chance to impose his tactics or philosophy on his new squad after the club jetted off Down Under in the immediate aftermath of his unveiling last week.

Spanish forward Pedro scored the only goal at the Optus Stadium, netting inside five minutes.

While N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill, and Andreas Christensen were among the other important absentees, there was a debut for £50million midfielder Jorginho.

Sarri, who replaced the sacked Conte on July 14, was satisfied with some of his side’s display but admits they have to improve “very quickly”.

According to the club’s Twitter account, Sarri and his team immediately boarded a flight back to London after the game, and the 59-year-old is keen to start working with his players at Cobham.

“The result was not the mirror of the game, but the performance is more important in this period,” the former Napoli boss told chelseafc.com.

“I am satisfied by the performance in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, not the last 30 minutes.

“We have to go back to Cobham and work very hard. We know we have to improve very quickly.

“I expect us to improve match by match. It’s not easy at this moment because we are without 12 players from the World Cup.”

FA Cup holders Chelsea face Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 5 before beginning their Premier League campaign at Huddersfield six days later.

Sarri’s second game in charge will be a friendly against Inter Milan next Saturday.

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