Arturo Vidal advises his former team-mate James Rodriguez to leave Real Madrid

The Chilean midfielder says Rodriguez has problems with Zidane.

James Rodriguez of Colombia

Barcelona midfielder has advised his former team-mate James Rodriguez to leave Real Madrid. Both of them developed a great friendship on and off the field during their time at Bayern Munich. Vidal has now prompted his fellow South American star to leave Santiago Bernabeu while revealing the issues with Zinedine Zidane.

The Blaugrana midfielder said:

“James and I are brothers, we forged an incredible friendship in Munich.”

“We talk all the time, on holiday we did and it’s annoying that he has problems with the coach.

“James has a high level to play as a starter for that team, and I don’t know why they didn’t give him a chance this year.”

James joined the Los Blancos back in 2014 and it has since been downhill for him. The Colombian star, who worked wonders in the 2014 World Cup, struggled to have the same impact at Madrid. He also opted for a two-year loan spell in 2017 with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, only to return to the Bernabeu last summer. James has merely made 8 appearances in the recently-concluded La Liga campaign after finding it hard to convince Zidane once again.

The 29-year-old is said to be having a long-standing hostility with the French manager, who also doesn’t have the rapport with another fringe player Gareth Bale.

However, Zidane denied that by stating that he doesn’t desecrate the Colombian and any of the squad members. 

“James is an important player, he’s always shown it”

“He’s a member of the squad. Indeed, some players play more or less, but I won’t disregard any player, they’re all important.

James has been heavily linked with reuniting with his former manager Carlo Ancelotti at Everton – even also during his time at Napoli. Wolves and AC Milan had also expressed their interest in the Colombian earlier this year, but there has been none of late. 

It would be interesting to see what lies in the ground for James this summer as the chances of redemption at Madrid are less likely, given the squid strength Zidane at his disposal.

Los Blancos won the La Liga for the 19/20 campaign, breaking the dominance of arch-rivals Barcelona after years. Zidane is also expected to be less active in the transfer window as Los Blancos had spent bucks on marquee signings last summer.

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