Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claims it is unfair to compare James Rodriguez to Angel di Maria, with the summer departure of the latter in a club record deal for Manchester United clearly causing some consternation at the Santiago Bernabeu.
James' £71 million arrival in Madrid following a sensational World Cup, where he finished as the tournament's top goalscorer, resulted in the sale of Di Maria, and it is fair to say that his move to Old Trafford created some tension.
Di Maria was arguably Madrid's best player for the latter stages of last season, while he was named man-of-the-match in the Champions League final, but Florentino Perez sanctioned his sale following another summer of excessive spending.
Cristiano Ronaldo was one prominent name to have been particularly annoyed by this decision, and it has led to speculation that he could follow his former colleague to Manchester United, while Di Maria has been in fine form since this switch to the Premier League,
Di Maria has scored three times and provided three assists in his five league outings for Manchester United, while James has netted once and set-up two others in in six domestic matches, but Ancelotti is not prepared to make comparisons himself.
“James is not Di Maria, he has a distinct quality," he told reporters.
"I can’t ask of him what I asked of Di Maria, they are different players. He is doing a great job, and he is going to improve.
"It’s not good to ask him what I asked of Di Maria, and neither is it good to ask Di Maria to accomplish what James does.”