Manchester United and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, after the Colombian refused to extend his contract at Santiago Bernabeu.

Mourinho wants Rodriguez to bring more creativity to his squad despite the stunning form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Conte, meanwhile, was determined to land his man in the summer but a deal failed to materialise.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon via Express claim that Rodriguez has handed both clubs a major boost by rejecting Real Madrid’s latest offer to keep him at the club.