"I wanted to leave and the club wouldn't let me"

Colombian James Rodríguez has confessed on Daniel Habif's podcast: "When you see that you don't have the same opportunities as your peers, it's difficult," he adds.


Few expected in 2015 that James Rodríguez, after his 17 goals and 18 assists in his excellent first year at Madrid, would find himself five years later in the situation he is in at the moment. 78 minutes in the league (against Real Sociedad on June 21) is all the Colombian's baggage since the defeat in Mallorca at the end of October (1-0). That game led to a series of injuries and decisions that made Zidane lose confidence in the player completely (he finished the year at the tail of the minute van, with just 758 'played in 14 games), despite the fact that he had stopped his departure from the club the previous summer. The playmaker has talked about all this and more in the podcast of the famous motivational speaker Daniel Habif.

Futuro (contract ends next year and Madrid wants to make cash): "I too would like to know where I am going. It may take days or weeks until I know where I am going. I really don't know. I want to go where I can play, wherever I am happy and where I feel loved by the whole world. "

Repeated substitutions: "It's frustrating not to play. I know I have the conditions to always play. But for other people I can't do it, so it's frustrating. If I were a bad player I would accept it, but I'm a person who wants to win and always play" .

Relationship with Zidane: "They are tastes. He has his own tastes for some players and is respectable. I don't get involved there. When you see that you don't have the same opportunities as your teammates, it's difficult. I wanted to leave and the club wouldn't let me out . I wanted to go where I could have played, I knew I would not have opportunities, because Zidane already had his base. My wish was that the fans would have the memory of my previous stage at Madrid, not this ... I did 36 goals and 42 assists ".

Season balance: "It is one of the biggest disappointments of my career, but thank God I am young and I have years ahead of me to be happy" .

Possible destinations: "I have already been in several good leagues and the only thing missing is Serie A and the Premier League, we have to see where I want to go or where they want me to go. Going to England would be a good thing, it is a top league."

Signed for Real Madrid: "I was at the World Cup, just before the third game against Japan. There they told me that Madrid wanted to talk. Jorge Mendes told me don't talk to anyone, don't lose focus, don't think about anything other than him World Cup ... And I played a unique game against Japan. And then he called me and told me that he thought it was going to happen, but to focus on the second round. And I played against Uruguay and there it was incredible, I scored two goals. . We closed the contract ".

Ideal team: "There are so many good players that I have many in each position. But hey, my three forwards would be Maradona, fat Ronaldo and Pelé. And as a goalkeeper, I don't know now ... I played with a spectacular one, which is Neuer."

Best Colombian player of all time: (laughing) "Yo".

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