At the same time, the Colombian said that Zinedine Zidane had “a lot of respect” for him, despite the lack of playing time, which caused further rounds of transfer conversations.

Zidane had “a lot of respect” for James

Roberto Carlos recommended James Rodriguez to be patient at Real Madrid. At the same time, the Colombian said that Zinedine Zidane had “a lot of respect” for him, despite the lack of playing time, which caused further rounds of transfer conversations. The Colombian playmaker returned to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019 after completing a two-year standing at Bayern Munich. Affected in Germany, the expectation was that Rodriguez would again be greeted in the fold by Blancos. However, he took only 13 appearances in all competitions this season – only four of them are LaLiga starts. Real Madrid manager Zidane regularly advocated for other creative options as a result of which James disappointed and brandished over his options.

James always does well

A move elsewhere has been mooted. For a long time, the leading parties in the Premier League showed interest in his services, while a crossing of a wild split to Atletico Madrid has also been discussed. Many encouraged James to think about getting into Madrid. Still, Roberto Carlos believes that the 28-year-old should avoid rushing to any future calls and focus instead on earning favor in his current environment. The legendary Blancos left-back told reporters: “Zidane respects James very much. He does a lot of rotation, and whenever James comes to work, he always does well. The major thing now is that he continues to train as well as he was and that he retains self-confidence.

“Fans love him. In truth, I worry about him, and when I see him, I hug him. He has done so much for this club and more for his country”. James was snapped up by Real Madrid on the back of his eye-catching showing at the 2014 World Cup. He took in 124 matches for the club, scoring 37 goals, but fellow countryman Ivan Cordoba is among those who believe that a fresh challenge should be considered. Former Inter star told journalists: “James Rodriguez is Colombian’s best player. It depends on James – he has everything he needs to do well. I wish James to go to England because there are so many interesting options for him. James is already in one of the best teams in Real Madrid, but the Premier League would be a great direction.”