According to Arancha Rodríguez of Cadena COPE, James was given permission to skip training by Madrid.
The Colombian playmaker is finalising a move to Everton where he will reunite with Carlo Ancelotti.
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Everton will reportedly pay €25m plus bonuses for Rodriguez, 29, whose exit will take Madrid’s income from sales to €83.5m this summer.
Rodriguez has been desperate to leave Madrid after falling out of favour under Zinedine Zidane.
Instead, his future is in the Premier League, a competition James will finally experience after years of rumours.
The former FC Porto star has made 125 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring 37 and assisting 42 goals.