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Real Madrid goalscorer James: I never had concrete offers to leave

Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez was happy to get on the scoresheet in victory at Espanyol.

James remarked afterwards he feels valued by coach Zinedine Zidane.

"I'm just another member of the squad. I want to help the team by scoring goals and providing assists. We're a united group who are always hungry and want to win games and break records, as we have done today," said James.

"I'm happy because we've won and because we looked good. When they were playing well and we were playing deeper is right when the goal came. The result is a fair one. This team are hungry and want to win games and break records.

"I've got everyone's support and that of the coach too. Things aren't the way that people suggest they are. I get on well with Zidane and with everyone else, you can see that. I want to be at Real Madrid. It's always been a dream and I'm going to carry on fighting. I was always clear about it and never did I think about leaving. There were no concrete offers because I was always clear about the fact that I wanted to stay here. Zidane is my idol."

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