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Ricardo Rodriguez not joining Real Madrid in January - Wolfsburg

Ricardo Rodriguez has shone for Wolfsburg this season.
Ricardo Rodriguez has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United after fine displays for Wolfsburg.

Wolfsburg have dismissed rumours that left-back Ricardo Rodriguez is to join Real Madrid this winter, with sporting executive Klaus Allofs telling reporters to "forget" any potential deal.

Rodriguez, 23, is under contract at Wolfsburg until 2019, but reportedly has a buyout clause allowing him to move from the DFB Pokal holders next summer.

While the exact fee has not been disclosed, it is said to be in region of €30 million to €38m.

The Switzerland international has in the past been linked with a switch to Manchester United as well as La Liga giants Real, where he could put pressure on Brazil international Marcelo.

Rodriguez has previously said that he would listen to offers from "the absolute world club" Real, and rumours of a January move have gathered pace after Los Blancos were hit with a FIFA transfer ban for the next two transfer windows.

But Allofs told Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung: "You can forget it, we would certainly not do that."

However, the paper noted that the sporting director took a similar stance before Kevin De Bruyne's transfer to Manchester City in summer 2015.

Reports in Germany said one option would be for Real to sign Rodriguez now and loan him back to Wolfsburg for the rest of the season, with the German club still in the Champions League and on for a top-four Bundesliga finish.

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