The Colombian had fought for several minutes during the previous campaign and was reflecting on what had happened.

Not Playing is frustrating for James Rodriguez

Real Madrid’s 2019/20 season is over, and it is time for reflection for the club and players like James Rodriguez. The Colombian had fought for several minutes during the previous campaign and was reflecting on what had happened. “Not playing is frustrating,” he revealed in an interview. “I know I have conditions always to play, but I can’t do it because of other people. If I were a bad footballer, I would accept him, but I am a person who will always want to win and contend.” When pushed on his correlation with Zinedine Zidane, the Colombian gave an indicator of his feelings. “He has his tastes for some players, and you should respect that, I don’t get involved in things like this,” James explained. “When you see that you don’t have the same chances as your teammates, it’s complicated.

Rodriguez wanted to leave, but the club would not let him

“I wanted to leave, and the club would not let me. I wanted to go somewhere where I would play because I knew that I would not have a chance to do this under Zidane. After all, he already has his base.” It seems far from the magical summer of 2014, when James starred at the World Cup in Brazil, winning the Golden Boot, and it remains a time that he remembers well. “I was at the World Cup, just before my third game against Japan. So I was informed that Real Madrid wanted to discuss, but Jorge Mendes told me not to lose focus and not talk to anyone,” Rodriguez recalled. “Mendes told me not to think about anything other than the World Cup, and I had a great game against Japan.

 

Then Mendes called me again and said he thought the deal would happen. I played against Uruguay at the time, and it was incredible that I scored two goals, then I agreed on the contract.”