Colombian Coach Hernan Dario Gomez has urged James Rodriguez to leave Real Madrid quickly for good as the star player seem to be proving critics wrong with his amazing performances at the on-going Copa America games, but Faustino Asprilla believes the midfielder should fight for his place.
James is disappointed, angry and depressed with his inability to establish himself under Zinedine Zidane in the second half of last season.
Lack of first team action has aroused speculations in the media that this 2014 World Cup revelation could be on his way out of Santiago Bernabeu.
But there are arguments among his countrymen whether their best player should stick or twist.
“My advice to James would be that it’s better for him to play for another team because the coach has shown that he doesn’t want him,” veteran trainer Gomez told WIN Sports.
“He’s a world-class player and he should go to another team. It’s a very personal concept, he’s our idol and we want to see him play, but because this man doesn’t play him, I don’t like it.”
However, former Colombia striker Aprilla riposted to Cadena SER: “If I were James, I’d stay at Real Madrid and fight for my place.
“If you look at Madrid’s numbers under Zidane, they’re good. Madrid pulled to within a point of Barcelona and won the Champions League, but that still hasn’t convinced madridistas.
“Real Madrid haven’t played well, so it’s for this reason that James should play more. He has a lot of quality and could safely play in any position.”