Chelsea turn down chance to sign Real Madrid star

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According to Daily Star, Chelsea have turned down the chance to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly hoped to use super-agent Jorge Mendes’ good relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to seal a transfer for James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez returned to Real Madrid this season after a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich but the Colombian international has failed to impress Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

Despite Real Madrid’s willingness to let Rodriguez join Chelsea, it is believed Chelsea have decided against pursuing a deal.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has £150 million to spend on new signings in January but none of that budget will be used on Rodriguez.

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