• James Rodriguez is ready to play for Real Madrid – Zinedine Zidane

    James Rodriguez is ready to play for Real Madrid – Zinedine Zidane

    Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says James Rodriguez will get his chance to play after an ankle problem ruled Gareth Bale out of action until the New Year.

    Bale will undergo surgery on his ankle next Tuesday, with Colombia international James ready to step in after struggling for regular playing time this season.

    “The door is always open to everyone and now James is ready to play,” Zidane told a news conference. “I don’t think it is true that he never plays […]

  • Real Madrid should let James go if they aren’t prepared to play him

    Real Madrid should let James go if they aren’t prepared to play him

    In the heart of Madrid’s theatre and cinema district stands a colossal billboard with “James Rodriguez. Footballer” emblazoned upon an image of the Real Madrid midfielder.

    A little farther up the capital’s glitzy Gran Via, Gareth Bale has an equally imposing digital display showing segments from his latest video campaign for Adidas.

    The juxtaposition does not lack timely irony. James, static, his face etched in a grimace from a single shot. Bale, hooded training top pulled up, doing the things a professional […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo ‘a bad influence’ on Real Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez

    Cristiano Ronaldo ‘a bad influence’ on Real Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of ‘damaging’ his Real Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez by Colombia icon Faustino Asprilla.

    Ronaldo, who has become famed for his on-field gesticulations and negative body language when things go against him, is having a negative effect Colombian international, according to Asprilla.

    Speaking after Colombia suffered a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Argentina earlier this week, former Newcastle midfielder Asprilla was critical of James’ poor attitude.

    ‘Lately what I am seeing is that James’ friendship with Ronaldo […]

  • Zidane assures James he is ‘important’ to Real Madrid

    Zidane assures James he is ‘important’ to Real Madrid

    Zinedine Zidane has acknowledged James Rodriguez’s public plea for more playing time and reassured the Colombian that he is still considered an “important player” at Real Madrid.

    James was quoted on Friday as being frustrated with his lack of football at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the former Monaco star playing only four times in La Liga this term.

    Just two of those appearances were from the start and he was quick to suggest that he deserved more first-team action.

    Zidane affirmed that he […]

  • Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez ready to play after injury – Zidane

    Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez ready to play after injury – Zidane

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said James Rodriguez has recovered from a calf muscle problem and is available for Tuesday’s Champions League game at home to Legia Warsaw.

    Colombia international Rodriguez travelled to South America during the international break but was unable to play in the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.

    But Zidane told his prematch news conference: “He feels good, he is better now.

    “Today was his first full training session back. He has no more issues and is […]

  • James Rodriguez sent shocking death threat after he dumped Colombia

    James Rodriguez sent shocking death threat after he dumped Colombia

    The Real Madrid playmaker found himself the target of disgruntled fans, one of whom went as far as to threaten his life after dropping out of the Colombia squad.

    James Rodriguez’s mother has made a formal police complaint over a violent death threat the player received on Twitter.

    The Real Madrid playmaker’s decision to leave Colombia’s squad provoked an angry backlash on the social network, with the hashtag #JamesVerguenzaNacional (‘James a national embarrassment’ in Spanish) circulating.

    And using the same tag, a Buenos […]

  • James Rodriguez goal helps keep Real Madrid perfect

    James Rodriguez goal helps keep Real Madrid perfect

    Real Madrid didn’t need Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale to maintain their perfect start to the La Liga campaign on Sunday.

    The Galactico pair could only watch as James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema fueled the 11-time European champions to a 2-0 defeat of Espanyol in Barcelona.

    Real boss Zinedine Zidane had confirmed Ronaldo and Bale were out with minor fitness problems, and one of their replacements, Rodriguez, opened the scoring just before the break.

    The Colombian superstar nutmegged a defender and fired an […]

  • Colombia out to end 71-year drought in Brazil

    Colombia out to end 71-year drought in Brazil

    James Rodriguez and Co. arrive in Manaus on Tuesday hoping to end a long wait for a victory in the Selecao’s back yard in what promises to be a feisty affair.

    On Tuesday Tite will take to the dugout as Brazil coach on home soil for the first time. With over 36,000 tickets already sold for the World Cup qualifier against Colombia at the Amazon Arena, expectations are sky high.

    Arriving off the back of Olympic gold medal success and Tite’s winning […]

  • James Rodriguez situation ‘a problem’ for Real Madrid – Zinedine Zidane

    James Rodriguez situation ‘a problem’ for Real Madrid – Zinedine Zidane

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admits James Rodriguez’s lack of playing time is “a problem” but maintains that he is trying to make all of his players feel important.

    Colombia international Rodriguez, who made only 21 starts for the club in all competitions last season, came on as a substitute and played just 13 minutes in Real’s 3-0 triumph at Real Sociedad in their La Liga opener last Sunday.

    Speaking ahead of Saturday’s league game against Celta Vigo, his team’s first official […]

  • Asprilla slams Zidane over James

    Asprilla slams Zidane over James

    The ex-Monaco playmaker must be given a number of matches in succession before being consigned to the periphery of the team, according to his countryman.

    James Rodriguez deserves more respect from Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid, according to former Colombia international Faustino Asprilla.

    Signed for €80 million from Monaco in 2014, James enjoyed a fruitful first season with Madrid, scoring 17 goals and assisting 18 others in all competitions.

    However, his opportunities were cut short in 2015-16, with a muscle tear in his […]

  • James Rodriguez going nowhere this summer, insists Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane

    James Rodriguez going nowhere this summer, insists Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has responded to the ongoing speculation surrounding James Rodriguez’s future at the club, insisting he wants him to stay.

    Rodriguez, who joined Real from Monaco shortly after the 2014 World Cup, continues to be linked with a move away from the Bernabeu having failed to secure a regular spot in Zidane’s first team.

    Reports in England and Spain have suggested the French manager wants to force the Colombian playmaker out, with Manchester United among the clubs keen […]