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Atletico Madrid chief unsure if they will sign James Rodriguez

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Enrique Cerezo admits he doesn’t know if James Rodriguez will join Atletico Madrid, but denied a “pact” with Real Madrid would be broken should he sign up.

The future of James has become one of the biggest talking points of the summer transfer window, with Real set to sell him to help recoup funds following their record €303m spending spree.

Serie A giants Juventus and Napoli are both keen on the Colombia international. Although the latter appears to be the more likely option given the player’s good relationship with manager Carlo Ancelotti.

But reports have recently claimed that Atletico could pull off a shock coup for James. Apparently, he’s even spoken to key members of the club over heading to the Wanda Metropolitano.

When quizzed on Atletico’s chances of signing the 28-year-old, however, club president Cerezo told Marca: “Right now, I don’t know.

“James is a good player and Atletico are always interested in good players, but I can’t tell you if he’s coming because I don’t know.”

Another potential factor hindering Los Colchoneros’ hopes of signing James could be their reluctance to harm their good relationship with neighbours Real.

Last season’s La Liga runners-up, though, did sign Marcos Llorente from Los Blancos earlier this summer.

And Cerezo insists there is no “pact” to be broken, between Atletico and Real, should they pursue James.

“There has always been a harmonious relationship with Real Madrid and with all the teams in Spain,” said Cerezo.

“When we are interested in a player, whoever it may be, we talk, check and in the end we have managed to get them to come to our team, but it doesn’t mean that any pact or good harmony with Real Madrid or with Sevilla or Cordoba has been broken.

“It’s life; if we are interested in a player because we consider him to be good, we go and ask about him.

“If he plays for one team or another it is something that we don’t care about. If it is decided that the player comes to play with us, then even better.”

SALVADOR, BRAZIL – JUNE 15: James Rodriguez of Colombia acknowledges the fans after winning the Copa America Brazil 2019 group B match between Argentina and Colombia at Arena Fonte Nova on June 15, 2019 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)