12 Jul Actual Madrid boss Zidane on James I will not disregard any participant
Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule out James Rodriguez taking part in for Actual Madrid for the rest of the season and mentioned he “will not disregard any participant” because the membership shut in on the La Liga title.
Madrid play their final three league video games in simply seven days this week — travelling to Granada on Monday earlier than internet hosting Villarreal on Thursday and visiting Leganes subsequent Sunday.
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James, who turned 29 on Sunday, has been ignored of the squad for Madrid’s final two matches, with Zidane saying on Friday that he “did not know” if the midfielder would play for the membership once more.
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“James is a crucial participant, he is at all times proven it,” Zidane mentioned in a information convention on Sunday. “It is his birthday so the very first thing is to congratulate him.
“He is a member of the squad. It is true there are gamers who play kind of, however I will not disregard any participant, they’re all vital. You will see if he travels to Granada, however I am counting on all of the gamers I’ve.”
The Colombia worldwide — who joined Actual Madrid in 2014 and returned final 12 months from two seasons on mortgage at Bayern Munich — has been linked with strikes to the Premier League and Serie A this summer season.
James mentioned he needed to go away in 2019, with Atletico Madrid his most well-liked vacation spot, earlier than Actual refused to sanction the transfer.
For the reason that La Liga restart, Madrid have overhauled rivals Barcelona by profitable all eight matches and holding six clear sheets, however have confronted criticism for his or her fashion of play and the slim margins of their victories.
“It does not annoy me or shock me,” Zidane added. “It is at all times the identical debate. Everybody has an opinion. We’ve to point out we’re good in each sport and each coaching session. Everybody will at all times say what they consider Actual Madrid, it is crucial membership in historical past.”
There have additionally been complaints that key refereeing and VAR selections have gone Madrid’s approach, with Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu saying that “it appears it at all times favours the identical [team].”
“Everybody can have their opinion, I do not get entangled,” Zidane mentioned. “Everyone seems to be free to suppose what they need. On the pitch we’re working to realize vital issues, I focus on the trouble of the gamers each day, that is what pursuits me.”
Madrid want six factors from their subsequent two matches this week to win the league for the primary time since 2017.
Nevertheless it’s not but clear if the team would have the ability to have fun a title win with their followers at their conventional venue, the Cibeles fountain within the metropolis centre.
“We’re working with the regional authorities and Actual Madrid to determine a safety protocol,” Madrid’s mayor Jose Luis Martinez Almeida mentioned on Saturday.
“It will not be the celebration Madridistas would have needed, however we’ll work on it to ensure a secure setting. It should be celebrated, however being conscious of the present state of affairs. We will not have pictures of crowds at Cibeles as we have seen somewhere else.”