Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed James Rodriguez “has his reasons” for a possible Real Madrid exit, although he wishes the Colombian No. 10 would stay.
Ronaldo was speaking to Spanish broadcaster La Sexta’s Jurgones program (h/t Marca) when he addressed James’ future: “James has his reasons and we have to respect them. If he doesn’t feel happy and if he wants more, then he should look for the best thing for him. If he asked my opinion, I would tell him to stay.”
Going into greater detail, Ronaldo indicated James’ main complaint is his lack of playing time: “Obviously he has his complaints and the best thing would be that he plays more, but these are very personal things.”
Significantly, Ronaldo indicated James should play more, endorsing his ability to thrive with Los Merengues: “He has the potential to play for Real Madrid, but he has his reasons and we must respect them.”
Despite Ronaldo’s words, gaining more playing time won’t be easy for James amid reports manager Zinedine Zidane lacks faith in him. Spanish source Diario Gol (h/t James Walters of the Daily Star) recently revealed “Zidane will no longer play Rodriguez.”