The Colombia international has struggled for form in recent weeks and his father says that while injuries have not helped “it is obvious” the change of manager has affected his son
James Rodriguez’s father believes Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as Real Madrid coach is hurting his son’s career in the Spanish capital.
The Colombia international arrived at the Bernabeu under Carlo Ancelotti in 2014 and enjoyed a fine first season, but his form has dipped as of late and has become the subject of boos from fans.
However his father, Wilson Rodriguez, says form is always going to fluctuate but insists Zidane has not helped his son’s cause.
“I think it is normal, football’s like this,” he told Marca. “Injuries play a big part, and make it harder for a footballer to maintain his level.
“[Ancelotti and Zidane] are two very different managers and the fact that he isn’t playing at the moment doesn’t mean anything, but it’s obvious that change of manager was bad for him.”
Wilson was a professional footballer himself and while he never hit the heights his son has been able to reach, he was renowned for scoring goals from distance.
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“I was able to score many goals thanks to this skill,” he said.
“The best goal I ever scored was almost from the halfway line against Navarro Montaya, when I was playing for Deportes Tolima.
“It’s genetic. Even though you must practice a lot, you are born with this ability. You must start with something. James’ shot isn’t so bad.
“Although it’s true that he has achieved much more in his career then I was able to.
“When I was playing there weren’t businessmen who could just relocate you from your country and everything was more difficult than it is now.
“He is a symbol of how much things have changed, athletes are much more athletic now than when I was playing.”