Columbia and Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has said he’s happy at the club despite rumors of an unavoidable exit. He had a disappointing start in this 2016/17 season, and is yet to secure a first team spot in Zinedine Zidane’s team.
However, the 25-year-old whose real names are James David Rodríguez Rubio, insists he still has a role to play in the team.
The former FC Porto and Monaco star showcased his superb talents after he was given a chance during Madrid’s last Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund. Since then, the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot award winner believes he understands what it takes to be a Madrista.
“When one wants to play at a club like Real Madrid, you have to know that this is a team that wants to win titles, and one that is accustomed to winning them,” said the famous footballer who finished third place with Columbia in this year’s Copa America Centenario.
“I am happy here, hopefully I can play, add one more title and can continue to do good things.”
While Madrid are preparing for their Club World Cup finals with against Kashima Antlers FC of Japan, James may have an unexpected chance to display his amazing skills for Zidane’s team.
Kashima are the current J. League Champions. The club which was founded in 1947 have featured in Japan’s top flight football competitions since its formation – one of the two clubs to have achieved this feat in the country’s football history.
Unfortunately for James, Colombian side Atletico Nacional were upstaged in the CWC after a semi-final loss to the Kashima Antlers.
However, the No. 10 will get a chance to take revenge for his compatriots, if Zizou grants him the grace to do so on Sunday. This is the only way his regrets for not meeting Nacional in the finals will be appeased.
“I was surprised by what happened,” said the 25-year-old. “It was a game that occurs every five months.
“If they played again today, they would win it, but football is football, something that is sometimes unfair.”