Zidane leaves door open for Rodriguez departure

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says the fact playmaker James Rodriguez has not played enough could pose a problem, leaving open the possibility of the Colombian’s departure.

Zidane leaves door open for Rodriguez departure

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (AUGUST 26, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. REAL MADRID PLAYERS DIVIDED IN TWO GROUPS PASSING THE BALL

2. FORWARD GARETH BALE CHASING THE BALL, RIGHT BACK DANILO CHASING THE BALL

3. MIDFIELD JAMES RODRIGUEZ PASSING THE BALL

4. REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE WATCHING THE TRAINING SESSION

5. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE SAYING:

“Until August 31st anything can happen. I’m sure no-one else is going to arrive but players could leave. I have a squad now and I’m happy with it.”

6. VARIOUS OF TEAM TRAINING

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE SAYING

“James is our player, he has a contract and he is here. It’s true he has played less and that might be a problem but I always try to make the players feel important, and James is the same as the others.”

STORY: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Friday (August 26) has opened the door to out-of-favour midfielder James Rodriguez leaving the club by admitting the player’s lack of appearances could become a problem.

The Colombia international joined Real in 2014 for a reported 80 million euros ($90 million) after earning the Golden Boot at the World Cup with six goals in five games.

After a successful first season in Spain, he has failed to hold down a regular place since Zidane took charge in January. Rodriguez was excluded from the starting line-up in the European Super Cup win over Sevilla and last week’s 3-0 La Liga victory at Real Sociedad.

Spanish sports newspaper AS reported on Friday that Rodriguez will seek a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu if he does not start against Celta Vigo on Saturday (August 27).

“James is our player, he has a contract and he is here. It’s true he has played less and that might be a problem but I always try to make the players feel important, and James is the same as the others,” Zidane told a news conference in Madrid on Friday.

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