Santiago Arias claims he discussed Atletico with James in summer
- James was heavily linked with a move to Atletico Madrid back in the summer.
- However, it didn't happen and the Colombian has become one of the key players for Zidane.
- The playmaker's Colombia NT teammate Arias who plays right-back for Atleti confirms he talked about Rojiblancos with James.
- However, the potential move was down to the clubs so their talks didn't mean so much.
James has clearly become one of the most standout Madrid players this early in the season being one of the main sources of creativity for Zidane's team prior to suffering a minor injury in the clash against Sevilla.
However, everything could have been different as the Colombian playmaker was reportedly very close to switching Los Blancos' colours to rival Rojiblancos shirt.
Santiago Arias, Atletico full-back and James' teammate at Colombia national team, has confirmed that he discussed Atleti with Rodriguez back in the summer.
"We talked about Atleti," Arias told Onda Madrid. "I asked him if the rumours were true and I explained how things were here, but not much else.
"There were options, but we didn't speak about it much more because it was down to the clubs."
What's done is done and now James is doing everything he can to get back to his best physical conditions.
According to Marca, James asked Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz to rule him out of the upcoming games against Chile and Algeria.
It is clear that James wants to focus on a fast recovery. The Colombian plans to take full advantage of his absence from international duty and recover in time for the upcoming games.
Do you remember James' first Champions League goal? Let's hope we'll soon see more of this from the Colombian midfielder
Moreover, James is expected to be a starting option for Real Mallorca given the extra loads imposed on Toni Kroos and Casemiro.
On October 19, the Whites will face Mallorca to continue strengthening our position in La Liga. Three days later we're going to travel to Galatasaray to try and salvage this Champions League campaign.