Zidane: Real Madrid wil count on him

Real Madrid earned a 2-1 victory against Alaves on Saturday afternoon, however with James Rodriguez having now been absent for almost a month through injury, Zinedine Zidane has admitted that the midfielder’s absence is a shame, and that he would count on him once he returns.

Rodriguez’s issues go back to earlier in the season when he played through the pain barrier in order to take full advantage of the minutes he was being given, but after missing two international breaks, the former Porto star is now eagerly awaiting his own comeback.

“James’ injury is a shame, we will count on him when he comes back,” Zidane admitted in his post-match interview.

This response will come at a welcome moment for Rodriguez, with rumours linking him with a move away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu having emerged recently in the European press.

Arsenal had already got in touch with Florentino Perez to discuss the Colombian’s future, however the English club’s offer of 42 million euros wasn’t enough to convince the president of the Spanish giants.

Inter would be willing to pay the fee that Real Madrid demand, yet they can’t manage it until the summer transfer market.