That is according to European football expert Gabriele Marcotti, who says Rodriguez's huge wages at Real Madrid could be a stumbling block for a move.
The Colombian playmaker has been repeatedly linked with an exit from the Spanish giants after not being a regular starter under manager Zinedine Zidane.
Rodriguez was surprisingly left out of the 18-man squad for the 4-1 victory over Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday, leading to Spanish media claiming that's the end of his time in the capital.
But Marcotti says the 25-year-old won't want to take a drop in wages so could remain at Real next season.
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"There's a chance (he will still be at Madrid) if they can't sell him," Marcotti said on ESPN FC.
"He's on enormous wages, he didn't even get into the match day squad for the final.
"He's in that sphere now where he makes so much money that there are a very limited number of clubs who could afford to take him.
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Gabriele Marcotti says James Rodriguez's wages could hamper his Real Madrid exit
"That's in terms of wages, not just transfer fee. So then you look in terms of possibly loans.
"He's not going to take a pay cut, Real Madrid would have to subsidise some of his wages.
"I think really it's a very, very tough one."