James Rodriguez is doing whatever it takes to get Zinedine Zidane looking in his direction. And the Frenchman says his Colombian player will be treated equally as every other Real Madrid teammate, adding that he understands the midfielder’s predicaments.
Zidane spoke at a press conference ahead of Madrid’s upcoming Copa del Rey clash against Sevilla, saying his relationship with the 2014 World Cup poster boy has been restored.
James attracted anger from Zizou after ignoring teammates as they celebrated their win over Kashima Antlers of Japan at the just concluded 2016 Club World Cup held in the Asian country.
The Colombian star has been an unhappy substitute in Zidane’s squad, and lack of playing time sparked rumors that the 25-year-old would soon leave Madrid.
“I have spoken with him and told him that I want him to be here at the best club in the world,” Zidane told reporters.
“There isn’t a lot more to say about it. We will now just have to keep working hard.”
The Frenchman admitted he’s not yet celebrating himself as one of the best coaches in the world notwithstanding winning a treble of trophies after a few months of taking over as Madrid coach.
Zidane, 44, said he will focus on improving himself with every opportunity that comes.
“I’ve lost more hair but I’m a little bit less stressed now,” Zidane joked, according to a report from Marca. “There are still nerves but not very much now.
“My ambition is to improve not only as a coach but in everything I do. This attitude helped me as a player, and I have never changed since then.
“I always tell my players that this has been my success secret.
“I love football and I feel happy going to work everyday. The passion for success will always be there.”