The trio have all been linked with moves away from the Bernabeu, but the Frenchman doesn’t want to lose any of his stars in January
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has addressed speculation linking Los Blancos trio James Rodriguez, Pepe and Alvaro Morata with moves away from the Bernabeu.
Rodriguez has been linked with a switch to Chelsea after struggling for a regular starting berth under Zidane, but the Frenchman insists he does not want to sell the Colombian.
Speaking ahead of Real’s return to action against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening, he said: “James is a Real Madrid player, an important player.
“I get along with James just as well as I do with the rest of the players because they’re all important and we’re going to keep working together.
“It’s a difficult moment when you don’t get to play in a [Club World Cup] final, it’s easy to be angry. I understand that it’s difficult, but now that’s in the past and we want to look at what’s ahead of us and be together.
“Yes we’ve talked, I told him he’s a Real Madrid player. He wants to be here, he’s in the best club in the world. I want him here, there’s nothing else to say. We’ll keep doing our work and that’s the important thing.”
Defender Pepe is reportedly courting interest from the Chinese Super League, while Morata is rumoured to be unhappy and eyeing a return to Juventus.
“Pepe is our player, an important player who’s been here for 10 years and made history,” Zidane said. “When you ask me about here and there I’m not interested.
“I’m interested in what he is going to do with us from now until the end.
“It [Morata speculation] is not close to the truth at all. Alvaro is happy here, this is his home, he’s working well. He’s 100 per cent behind this project and that’s that.
“What people say outside this club doesn’t really matter, I don’t think it’s true, but you’ll have to ask them.”