Real Madrid Confident in the player’s ability
Fernando Morientes believes James Rodriguez can get back to his best whether he stays at Real Madrid or not.
The Colombian has seen very little game time under Zinedine Zidane this season and has been heavily linked with a summer exit from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
“Whatever happens in the remainder of the season, I don’t think James has gone without pain or glory,” Morientes told El Espectador.
“We’re talking about an extraordinary player, mythical in Colombia, for his national team.
“Not every player can succeed at the same level.
“In his first spell [at Real Madrid], James had extraordinary games and demonstrated his talent, which he put into use at Real Madrid with marvellous goals.
“He did have to leave and now that he’s back, he hasn’t had the involvement that surely he or the fans would’ve wanted.
“But succeeding at Real Madrid is very difficult because of the competition, and he himself occupies a position where there are lots players with talent and big futures.
“It also depends on the kind of player the coach wants. In this case, Zidane is surely thinking that he has others who perform better [than James].
“For me, James is an extraordinary player and I’m convinced that we’ll see him shine again at Real Madrid or anywhere else.”