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Zidane: Rodriguez could become a problem for Real

  • Published at 01:05 pm August 26th, 2016
  • Last updated at 01:06 pm August 26th, 2016
Zidane: Rodriguez could become a problem for Real
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has opened the door to out-of-favour midfielder James Rodriguez leaving the club by admitting the player's lack of appearances could become a problem. The Colombia international joined Real in 2014 for a reported €80m ($90m) after earning the Golden Boot at the World Cup with six goals in five games.   [caption id="attachment_12551" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Rodriguez with Real manager Zidane at a pre-season training session COLLECTED Rodriguez with Real manager Zidane at a pre-season training session COLLECTED[/caption] After a successful first season in Spain, he has failed to hold down a regular place since Zidane took charge in January. Rodriguez was excluded from the starting line-up in the European Super Cup win over Sevilla and last week's 3-0 La Liga victory at Real Sociedad. Spanish sports newspaper AS reported on Friday that Rodriguez will seek a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu if he does not start against Celta Vigo on Saturday. "James is a Real Madrid player and he has a contract with us but it's true that he has played less than others and that could prove a problem," Zidane told a news conference on Friday. [caption id="attachment_12550" align="aligncenter" width="700"]When relationship was at the peak-Zidane and Rodriguez exchanges greetings at Real dressing room COLLECTED When relationship was at the peak-Zidane and Rodriguez exchange greetings at the Real Madrid dressing room COLLECTED[/caption] "I always try to make my players feel important and James is no different than the rest. "Anything could happen between now and August 31 (when the transfer window closes)," Zidane added. "I'm sure no-one else is going to arrive but players could leave. I have a squad now and I'm happy with it and some players are going to return (from injury)." Real produced a dominant performance last week at Sociedad without goalkeeper Keylor Navas, midfielder Luka Modric and forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
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