Zidane: Why I Let James Join Bayern
Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane: Why I Let James Rodriguez Join Bayern Munich
In the build-up to Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, Los Blancos Zinedine Zidane has explained why he let Colombian star James Rodriguez leave the Santiago Bernabeu on loan at the beginning of the season.
The 26-year-old, who helped Die Roten win their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title this season, joined the Bavarians on a two-year loan deal last July, and has a release clause of €42 million (R634 million), which could be activated by the German club in 2019.
In a pre-match press conference, Zidane admitted he did not want the Colombia international to leave Los Blancos but understood that the attacker wanted more minutes on the pitch.
"He wanted more game time, and I understand that he wanted to play more. I never had any issue with him," Zidane said, as quoted by Sport.
"The toughest thing for a coach is that you have some players that have to end up sitting on the bench. He'll be up for it because he's a footballer and he will want to do well.
"You're wrong if you think that I have got something against him. He is a good player."
Rodriguez has made 34 appearances for Bayern so far this season, scoring six goals and assisting a further 12 strikes.
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