Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid appointment bad for James Rodriguez

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Zinedine Zidane has split opinion since taking charge of Real Madrid in January but one man who is certainly struggling with the Frenchman's tenure is James Rodriguez.

The Colombia international originally arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2014 after a spectacular World Cup campaign in Brazil, and under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed a fruitful first season. Since then, however, Rodriguez has had to try and win over both Rafa Benitez and Zidane and has struggled to do so.

He now finds himself sitting on the substitute's bench more often than not and has not started a La Liga game since March 2.  The reason for his demise is, of course, down to poor form while there have also been serious questions over his attitude in training.


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But his father, Wilson Rodriguez, believes that his son's failure to perform at his best is in part down to the succession of injuries he has suffered as well as the frequent change of manager.

"I think it is normal, football's like this," he told Marca. "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

Having arrived from AS Monaco for the substantial fee of £60million, Real Madrid pulled out all the stops to bring the prodigious talent to La Liga, even selling in-form star Angel di Maria to fund the deal.

Two years later, the 24-year-old is now reportedly up for sale with Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain all interested in a deal. However, Real Madrid want every penny of their original £60m outlay.

According to the Mirror, Florentino Perez is keen to generate funds for another significant summer of investment and Rodriguez is an easy target. He has already fallen out of favour with the club's fans and is regularly booed by the baying Bernabeu crowd.

A bad start

His reputation has hardly been helped by his reported playboy lifestyle. Two days before Zidane's appointment was confirmed, he was caught up in a 125mph police chase. His face, sitting inside his Audi R8, was splashed all over the front pages of the Spanish press.

The chase reportedly lasted 15 minutes and went on for 3.7 miles around Madrid's M40 ring road. He was fined €10,400 for the incident but would not have felt a blip on the radar. Earning €7.6m-a-year, Rodriguez is one of Real Madrid's highest earners.

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