Ronaldo: James should stay

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Cristiano Ronaldo would advise Real Madrid teammate James Rodriguez to stay and fight for his place, but understands why he might want to leave.

The Colombian playmaker has struggled to get into Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI, so he could seek pastures new after three seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"James has his reasons [to leave] and we have to respect them," Ronaldo told La Sexta.

"If he doesn't feel happy and if he wants more, then he should look for the best thing for him.

"If he asked my opinion, I would tell him to stay. He has the potential to play for Real Madrid, but he has his reasons and we must respect them.

"Obviously he has his complaints and the best thing would be that he plays more, but these are very personal things."

If James is set to depart, his final game with Los Blancos will be Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus.