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The Colombia international midfielder, who joined Los Blancos from Monaco this summer, says that he has formed an instant friendship with the Portuguese forward

James Rodriguez says that he has already struck up a rapport with Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and hopes that the pair get to play alongside one another for years to come.

The Colombia international only arrived in the Spanish capital this summer, having joined the reigning European champions from Monaco for a reported €80 million (£63.4m).

However, James has had little trouble settling into his new surroundings at the Santiago Bernabeu, thanks in no small part to the Ballon d'Or winner.

"I've formed a good relationship with him and I hope that we can be together for a long time," declared the 23-year-old to the press, "but all of the players are very humble, which is why they are there and why they are great players."

James was signed on the back of his sensational exploits at this summer's World Cup, with the 23-year-old bagging the Golden Boot after netting six times in just five games.

He thrived in an attacking midfield role for Jose Pekerman's side but it is as yet unclear as to whether or not he will be allowed to occupy his preferred position for Madrid.

James, though, does not mind where he is deployed by Carlo Ancelotti, insisting that he is willing to be fielded in a more withdrawn role if needs be.

"I'll play where the coach wants and I'll be happy there," the former Porto man stated.

James has scored one goal in his five competitive outings for Madrid so far this season.

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