Zinedine Zidane insists nothing should be read into James Rodriguez’s angry reaction at being substituted in Real Madrid’s 4-2 win at Leganes.
The Colombian scored Real’s opener in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, but the 25-year-old – who has been heavily linked with a move away from Madrid – was frustrated at being hauled off by Zidane in the 61st minute.
“It’s to be expected that he gets angry because they all went to play a full game,” Zidane told the club’s website. “These things happen and what I take away with me is his performance because he played very well.
“I haven’t got anything against James, quite the opposite. I bring him off a lot, but that’s because he’s an attacking player and he works very hard. There’s nothing more to it.I try to do what’s good for the team. He’s important to me, to the team and to everyone.”