James Rodriguez left off Real Madrid team to face Celta Vigo

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With the links to Manchester United getting stronger and stronger, another hint towards James Rodriguez’s departure may have be provided on Wednesday.

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The Colombian attacker has been left out of Real Madrid’s 20-man squad set to take on Celta Vigo after manager Zinedine Zidane suggested the midfielder took a knock to his foot during training leading up to the match.

The news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise after the reports of a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu have amped up for James over recent days.

“It is not up for debate,” Zidane said ahead of the Celta Vigo match. β€œHe (Rodriguez) is with us, although today he has not trained because he received a heavy blow (to his foot).

During the 2016/17 season, Rodriguez has scored 11 goals over all competitions for Los Blancos, despite having only appeared in 31 matches — his lowest total since joining Real in 2014.