Zidane claims Real Madrid star is ‘committed to the cause’

Date published: Friday 4th March 2016 2:44

Zinedine Zidane: Backing for James Rodriguez

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.

Marca this week claimed Real  were losing faith in the Colombian and that Manchester United could be one of his suitors in the summer.

But Zidane, speaking ahead of Saturday’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.”

James Rodriguez

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 [whether they call him up for their friendlies later this month] when the time comes, but what’s important right now is Real Madrid and that we take it one step at a time with him.

“The team look good to me and the players have also told me that they feel an improvement.

“We mustn’t say that they were in a bad way before, because that’s not the case, but with the work we’ve put in, we’re in good shape now.”

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