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Report: Ronaldo convinced James to snub Chelsea

Report: Ronaldo convinced James to snub Chelsea

A conversation with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo convinced midfielder James Rodriguez to turn down the advances of Chelsea, according to a report in the Colombian press.

The future of the Colombia international has become the subject of widespread conjecture this season, with many expecting the 25-year-old to force a move away from the club in the January transfer window.

However, despite a lack of regular first-team football, Rodriguez has rejected a reported £78 million transfer to Chelsea.

And, according to Confidencial Colombia, a conversation between Ronaldo and James was the deciding factor in the midfielder's decision to stay and fight for a place in Zinedine Zidane's starting XI.

Speaking to the assembled press after his side's 3-0 victory over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey, James said: "We all go through bad moments, but a new year starts for me now.

"I am staying in Madrid."

James has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, bagging four goals in the process.

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