REAL MADRID have reportedly dealt a blow to neighbours Atletico after pulling the plug on James Rodriguez’s exit.
Diego Simeone was hoping to make the Colombian superstar the final piece in his jigsaw.
But Rodriguez, 28, returned to training this morning amid claims Los Blancos will not sell to their rivals.
Napoli are also interested in the playmaker, who spent the last two years on loan at Bayern Munich.
And it has been claimed the Italians are even prepared to bring the iconic No10 jersey worn by Diego Maradona out of retirement.
Bernabeu chiefs are trying to offload players after a summer of huge spending.
Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo have been brought in on big-money deals.
And Rodriguez is on the chopping block as well as Gareth Bale, who has featured sparingly in pre-season.
The Welshman was on the brink of securing a £1million-a-week China move but club bosses pulled the plug at the last minute.
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Real are still hot on the trail of Paul Pogba and have reportedly launched a £145m raid for the Manchester United star.
They have just 10 days to secure a deal, however, with the English transfer window closing on August 8.
Spanish clubs can continue to do business after the deadline but United will not sell if they cannot land a replacement.