Zinedine Zidane has expressed his disappointment at €80 million star James Rodriguez, lashing out at the attacking midfielder after he caused controversy during Real Madrid’s Champions League loss to Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
The Colombian international was snapped laughing during Real Madrid’s embarrassing quarter-final first leg defeat in Germany and club legend Zidane was quick to throw the book at the forward.
“I’d like to avoid it. You learn from these things. It’s an episode that nobody likes.
“It’s difficult. He knows that, he knows that things like this can be picked up in two or three seconds – he has to learn from these things.”
Laughing Through The Pain
James may well feel entitled to laugh, after being booted to sidelines following Zidane’s arrival.
Indeed, Rodriguez played 718 minutes across 14 matches which he was available for under Benitez, 57% of Real’s total game time. The statistics under Zidane tell a different story: that figure has already dropped to 52% with the majority of the World Cup star’s starts coming from the bench.
Zidane’s arrival appears to have split the Madrid camp, with a number of players expressing their delight at playing under the World Cup winner. Once again, Zidane has stated he will rotate some of his side for the weekend’s fixture with Eibar, but would not comment whether scolded James would start the game.
The Colombia international has struggled for form of late, surprising after Rodriguez arrived with such a bang at the Bernabeu under Carlo Ancelotti in 2014 – the forward has held his hands up after being booed on occasions for poor performances:
Don’t Blame The Parents – Blame The Manager!
James Rodriguez’s father believes Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as Real Madrid coach is hurting his son’s career in the Spanish capital.
A proud father, Wilson Rodriguez, says form is always going to fluctuate but insists Zidane has not helped his son’s cause:
“Ancelotti and Zidane are two very different managers and the fact that he isn’t playing at the moment doesn’t mean anything, but it’s obvious that change of manager was bad for him.”
“I’d advise him to be patient, wise and adequately prepared for when he gets his chance… he must wait for his time to come.”
Wilson Rodriguez, James Rodriguez’s Father
Whilst his fathers advice may reassure James that he may yet have a chance to make his mark on Zidane’s Madrid team, after his latest PR blunder in Germany, coupled with his unfavourable form – Madrid’s €80 million man may be looking for the exit.