Rodriguez Bags a Brace as Real Beat Sevilla

It has been a strenuous period for James Rodriguez following multiple reports of a transfer away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this January window, yet the Colombian has confirmed he will stay in Madrid.

Whether or not this is a long term solution remains in doubt – one of the attacking midfielder’s main bug bears has been a lack of game time for Zinedine Zidanes team – yet he made his mark scoring a brace on Wednesday evening in a rare start against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.

With interest from the English Premiership plus clubs in Italy & France looking at his situation speculation is rife about a move, rumours that Arsenal are the main front runners to sign up the Colombian.

Speaking after the match the former Monaco star made clear his intention to stay in the Spanish capital for the short-term future at least.”All of us in this squad want to play and we all go through difficult times but now a new year begins for me and I will stay in Madrid,” he explained.

Rodriguez caught the eye against the Andalusians and he relished the opportunity to get back out onto the pitch.”I just want to play well when I am given the opportunity, I want to be able to do good things like today when I helped the team by making goals,” he said.

The 3-0 deficit leaves Sevilla with a lot of work to do in the return leg although the 25-year-old made clear Los Blancos would not be taking anything for granted.”It is a good result but the tie is not finished and we have to go to Seville and play with a lot of concentration and intensity.”

Real Madrid

Casilla, Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Rodríguez, Morata, Asensio.

Goals: Rodríguez (11′ minutes, 44′ minutes pen), Varane (29′ minutes)

Sevilla

Rico, Ferreira Filho, Rami, Mercado, Escudero, N’Zonzi, de Lima, Iborra, Nasri, Machín Pérez, Correa.