Zinedine Zidane reacts to James Rodriguez’s potential move away from Real Madrid

by Leo Nieboer

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reacted to the prospect of move to Manchester United for James Rodriguez.

It has been frequently reported over the last few months that the Columbian, unhappy with his limited role in the Madrid side, would consider a move to Old Trafford in the summer.

Rodriguez notably waved goodbye to the Bernabeu crowd after coming off with half an hour left during Madrid’s 4-1 win over Sevilla – their last home game of the season.

And Zidane, speaking after the game, refused to dismiss the prospect of Rodriguez moving to Man United.

“James is here [now] and we have a long way to go yet,” he said. 

‘We are thinking about the end of the season, with three games left in La Liga and the Champions League. I do not want to talk about anything else.”

Rodriguez arrived at the Bernabeu with the world at his feet. At 22, he had rampaged his way to the World Cup golden boot and a subsequent seamless transition into Madrid royalty felt inevitable.

But the Columbian, try as he might, has only ever been on the periphery of proceedings at the Bernabeu. That he was hooked off as Madrid ramped up the gears against Sevilla tells a story in itself.

Surely a move to Old Trafford, a place that would promise a starting place every week, seems preferable?

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