Zidane facing internal turmoil at Madrid over stunning James Everton form

Date published: Tuesday 20th October 2020 10:00 - Jonny Whitfield

Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly facing opposition from his closest confidants over how he managed James Rodriguez’s exit from the club.

James left for Everton in the recent transfer window and has played a telling role in the Toffees’ recent form.

His side are top of the Premier League, with James scoring three goals and assisting three others in five games.

Indeed his latest assist of the campaign allowed Michael Keane to level the scores in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

According to AS (p9, print edition, 17/10/20), however, the Colombian‘s form has upset officials within his former club. There are ‘managers’ at Madrid who reportedly disagree with Zidane’s explanation of his decision to sell James.

What’s more, the attacker’s goals are an ‘added pressure’ for Zidane, the newspaper claims.

The situation is made worse by the fact that James arrived in Madrid as the world’s most expensive player. And despite several exciting spells of form, he was unable to showcase his talent under Zidane.

As such, the fact that he has sought pastures new and rediscovered his best traits have caused the Madrid anger.

Madrid upset over three more exits

Furthermore, Madrid officials feel upset by the promise shown by Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon and Dani Ceballos.

Reguilon has nailed down the left-back spot at Spurs and has two assists in four games in all competitions. Bale, meanwhile, is back in the limelight after failing to earn game time in Spain.

As for Ceballos, the Spaniard has added a strong dose of creativity from the Arsenal bench this term.

And AS says Madrid’s management felt the trio were ‘very usable players’ who could have stayed in the Spanish capital.

Indeed Madrid opted to make no big-money signings in the transfer market, owing to the pandemic’s financial cost.

Reguilon and Ceballos had returned from their respective loans – the former at Sevilla – but Martin Odegaard was the only marquee loanee to stick around. The midfielder has earned his chance after playing at Real Sociedad last term.

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