Zinedine Zidane has only been in charge of Real Madrid for 10 days but he already has a problem with one member of his first-team squad.
The French coach, according to Catalan newspaper Sport, doesn’t even want to look at a painting of James Rodriguez because he’s fed up with the Colombia international’s attitude.
Zidane is frustrated that James is above his ideal weight and doesn’t seem to be focused - even on the training ground - and is beginning to worry that he might be fighting a losing battle with the technically-gifted playmaker.
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Sport speculate that James’s love of the Madrid nightlife, fast cars and a luxurious lifestyle is affecting his performances.
Earlier this month he was involved in a 200mph ‘high-speed pursuit’ - per the Mirror - with an undercover police officer while he was on his way to training.
Zidane selected Isco over James last weekend
In his first match in charge of Los Blancos, the 5-0 win over Deportivo last weekend, Zidane named James amongst the substitutes and opted to play Isco in the number ten position instead.
The newly-appointed Real Madrid boss is pleased with Isco’s attitude and work but doesn’t feel James is hungry enough to win back his place in the starting line-up.
Zidane has decided to issue the South American with a plan to help him get back into peak physical condition - and until he sees signs that the player is keen to turn his situation around he will continue to spend time on the bench at the Bernabeu.
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