James played in the Super Cup against Sevila.

James Rodriguez appears to walk away from Real Madrid celebrations in Super Cup

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It’s been an interesting few years for James Rodriguez at Real Madrid.

After an incredible World Cup campaign with Colombia in 2014, the Spanish giants forked out a hefty £63million for him that summer.

After scoring 17 goals in all competitions during his first season at the Bernabeu, it seemed as though it was money well spent. However, the winger struggled to play regular first-team football last campaign, especially after Zinedine Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez as manager.


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Despite a difficult term last time out, there was only one place he wanted to play his football this season. And Zidane obviously wanted that too after James revealed the club turned down an €85million bid for him this summer.

“I will fight to earn my place. That's my dream," he said. "I will stay at Real Madrid, I will succeed here.

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"I know that the club received an €85m bid for me, but I'm not leaving.”

And last month, Zidane ended all the speculation linking the 25-year-old with a move away from the club.

“He [James] is a Real Madrid player and he is going to stay,” per Sky Sports.

Why, then, was James’ body language so poor during Madrid’s 3-2 extra-time victory over Sevilla on Tuesday?

James' body language

James was named on the bench and was seen looking rather bored whilst watching the match. (Scroll down to watch the video). Ok, we know that players are never too pleased to be watching on from the sidelines instead of playing, but at least show some interest.

But, the most interesting piece of behaviour came after Dani Carvajal scored a 119th minute winner. James, who entered the pitch in the 72nd minute with Madrid trailing 2-1, didn't appear to want to celebrate with his teammates.

Real Madrid v Sevilla: UEFA Super Cup

With the scores level at 2-2 deep into extra-time, the Madrid right-back strolled through the Sevilla defence to win the Super Cup for Zidane’s side.

In the video below, you can see the joyous celebrations from the whole Madrid squad, while James just walks back to the halfway line. It certainly is strange behaviour.

However, the video doesn’t show what James was doing the seconds previously, he may well have been celebrating wildly with his teammates before deciding to start walking back to his own half without his teammates.

One thing is for sure, we’re not suddenly assuming that James is unhappy at Madrid and wants to leave. Maybe he just needs to work on his body language.

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