• James Rodriguez was a former top scorer in the World Cup is seen as a formidable star
  • The past few months have been rough for Rodriguez with reports indicating an exit soon from Real Madrid
  • Zinedine Zidane revealed that Rodriguez asked not to play in their recent victory against Athletic Club 

The talent that Real Madrid has is immense considering former World Cup Top Scorer James Rodriguez is still in their lineup. Unfortunately for the Colombian, it has been a tough stretch for him given his rocky relationship with Zinedine Zidane. In Real Madrid’s recent win against Athletic Club, Zidane revealed why Rodriguez didn’t suit up.

Per The Real Champs, the former two-time Champions League winner sat out the game due to his personal request.

“James was not called because he asked me not to call him,” Zidane said.

It’s important to note that there was a rare appearance for Rodriguez in Real Madrid’s matchup against Real Sociedad. This was due to the club’s roster being hampered with injuries. After a 3-0 drubbing of Valencia in the previous month, Los Blancos saw Isco go through certain tests for a hamstring injury to his right thigh. This opened the opportunity for Rodriguez to step in and play after several months on the bench.

Unfortunately, after playing big 78-minutes, Rodriguez was sent back without playing time in their succeeding matches. This only adds speculation that Rodriguez is well on his way out of the team soon. Per, It has been reported that his price for the summer is set at 25 million Euros.

The 28-year-old has had his share of success throughout his career and knows what it takes to succeed. The former Spanish Super Cup winner can be utilized by other clubs despite having only eight La Liga appearances this season.

In his entire stay with Real Madrid, Rodriguez has had 125 appearances, 37 goals and 42 assists. There’s no question that he is still a phenomenal player.

It’s a crucial stretch for Los Blancos as they’re currently on top of the La Liga team standings with 77 points. They are currently at 23 wins, eight draws and three losses.

It will be vital to see how Real Madrid moves forward with their lineup. Expectations are high for the organization and it’ll be important to note if former stars like Rodriguez will be given a fresh start outside the organization in the future.

James Rodríguez
James Rodríguez's career at Real Madrid has fallen on hard times and he could yet leave the Bernabeu before the close of the transfer window. Reuters