James Rodriguez has upset Real Madrid. Again.
The Colombia international was involved in a dramatic, 15-minute police chase two days before Zinedine Zidane’s arrival in January. Hardly the best introduction.
James has found a regular spot on Madrid’s substitute bench - his attitude and weight repeatedly called into question - and the 24-year-old’s latest act may just see him placed on the transfer list.
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The £60 million man was caught laughing during Madrid’s Champions League game against Wolfsburg on Wednesday. The problem? Los Blancos were trailing 2-0 at the time.
James was giggling at a pitch invader being chased by security - hardly the most damaging of offences.
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But given that his career at Madrid hangs in the balance - with both of his parents openly criticising Zidane - the timing couldn’t have been worse.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, club officials were not amused.
Check out the clip below.
You’ll notice Dani Carvajal’s polar-opposite reaction to James’. The defender looks genuinely concerned that his team are 2-0 down and on the brink of Champions League elimination.
James’ mum took to Twitter during El Clasico to blast Zinedine, who arrived in January following Rafa Benitez’s dismissal.
Pilar Rubio said: “My son isn’t the priority for Zidane at the moment because Casemiro gives [the team] balance,” per AS.
Meanwhile, James’ father blames a combination of injuries and frequent managerial changes for his son’s indifferent form.
The former Monaco star has missed 18 games this season through injury, while he’s already played under three different managers since joining Madrid in 2014.
Wilson Rodriguez told Marca: “I think it is normal, football's like this. Injuries play a big part and make it harder for a footballer to maintain his level.
"[Ancelotti and Zidane] are two very different managers and the fact that he isn't playing at the moment doesn't mean anything, but it's obvious that change of manager was bad for him."
Up for sale
James is likely to be sold by Madrid after falling out with key members at the club as well as the fans. The Mirror claim that Madrid president Florentino Perez is eager to generate funds in order to support his summer dealings and James, who commanded £60m from Madrid and £38.5m from Monaco, has made it easy for Perez to place him in the shop window.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested but they’ll be hoping James shows a change in attitude before splashing the cash.
The Colombian earned a big-money move after making a name for himself at the 2014 World Cup but he’s flattered to deceive in Spain.