James Rodríguez is currently the four player with less minutes in Real Madrid after Mariano Díaz, Fabio Coentrao and injured Casemiro. The Colombian midfielder has only enjoyed 215 minutes in La Liga in six appearances, 145 minutes in three games in Champions League and 90 minutes in Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa.
Last Tuesday James Rodríguez stayed the whole game on the bench against Sporting Portugal, despite Zidane didn’t have available Casemiro or Toni Kroos in the midfield. James Rodríguez is struggling to convince the French manager although there have been several injury problems in the midfield: Casemiro, Toni Kroos or Luka Modric.
Kovacic or Isco are convincing the manager and both are now fixed in the formation. James Rodríguez didn’t even celebrate Benzema’s goal or stood up when Kovacic received a punch, like it’s showed in the TV.
Having this in consideration, some Premier League clubs are thinking on a move to sign the Colombian player. According to The Sun, Manchester United boss, José Mourinho, would like to take on board the playmaker to improve the quality of his squad. The Red Devils will have some competitors because Chelsea are also interested on the Colombian midfielder.
But not only British teams are chasing the Colombian. Inter Milan tried to sign him in summer, as James Rodríguez recognized, and might try again in winter, especially after his poor performance at the start of the season. Juventus also showed some interest in the former Monaco player.
Zinedine Zidane advised James Rodríguez to stay at Real Madrid in press conference before the game against Sporting Gijón. He said it’s not true James is not having minutes, so perhaps the Colombian has his opportunity in La Liga this Saturday. However, the rumours are now triggered and the situation is becoming very difficult for the Colombian star.