James Rodriguez’s Real Madrid career is seemingly going from bad to worse.
Following the 2014 World Cup, the Colombian was wanted by all the big European clubs after setting the competition alight. Madrid won the race for his signature but, two years later, things haven’t gone to plan for the £63 million signing.
Yesterday, Spanish newspaper Sport claimed that Zinedine Zidane has a lack of confidence in the attacking-midfielder, as evidenced by his decision to choose Isco and Mateo Kovacic as Kroos and Casemiro’s replacements in recent weeks.
The report also suggested that the former Monaco man’s lack of commitment and questionable attitude are becoming problems.
Well, that lack of commitment and questionable attitude was identified during Madrid’s Champions League victory over Sporting CP.
James was an unused substitute during the match and a video has emerged - brought to our attention by 101 Great Goals - of his terrible behaviour during the match.
Spanish TV show El Chiringuito focused on his body language, where he was slumped back into his chair seemingly uninterested in the match.
During the clip, James can’t be seen warming up - even when Kovacic went down injured.
Watch the footage below:
James looked on as Madrid triumphed 2-1 over their Portuguese opponents as Ronaldo returned to his former club.
Karim Benzema’s late winner gave Zidane’s side all three points as they qualified for the last-16. However, the holders will have to beat Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu in their final group match to finish top of Group F.
As for James, he needs to buck up his ideas as Zidane is likely to block any move in the upcoming transfer windows due to their transfer ban.
But, judging by what he said earlier this season, James is more than happy to stay at the European Champions.
“Real Madrid is my dream. I hope it lasts much more time,” he said, via the Daily Mail.
“My family and I are very happy in Madrid and in the team. I will fight to stay here forever.
“It's not true that I've had a bad time. Me not speaking [to the public] doesn't mean I have a bad relationship with anyone.
“We are united as a team and everyone has supported me here since the first day. We want more wins and more records.”
Maybe he should start acting like he wants to be there then.