Thursday 18 January 2018

Zidane: Rodriguez committed to Real

Real’s James Rodriguez Photo: AFP/Getty
Real’s James Rodriguez Photo: AFP/Getty

Zinedine Zidane insists James Rodriguez is committed to the Real Madrid cause.

Colombian play-maker James has come under fire as third-placed Real have slipped 12 points behind Primera Division leaders Barcelona.

But Zidane, speaking ahead of today's home game with Celta Vigo, said: "I think James has been treated a bit unfairly,

"However, the players are well aware that when they play well, they will get lots of nice things said about them.

"It bothers me when people speak ill of James because he's my player. James is committed to the cause."

Toni Kroos (flu) and Luka Modric (foot) will miss the Celta game but Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal, who both served a suspension in midweek when Real won 3-1 at Levante, are available.

Fellow defender Marcelo, who sat out the Atletico and Levante games with injury, is fit, as is Wales striker Gareth Bale who has missed the last six weeks with a calf problem.

"Gareth is going to be in the squad, which is a relief for all of us," said Zidane. "We'll see what happens with Wales when the time comes."

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