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Zidane insists the best place for James Rodriguez is Real Madrid

The Real Madrid manager was speaking ahead of the visit of Sporting Gijon and says that James will get adequate playing time in the future. Juventus-Real Madrid live

James Rodriguez during Real Madrid training
Emilio Naranjo EFE

Zinedine Zidane continues to defend his stance on James Rodriguez but the Real Madrid manager says that if he was the Colombian, he would not leave the club and inists that he will get plenty of playing time.

In his press conference before the visit of Sporting Gijon to the Bernabeu, the Frenchman remained firm on James' situation.

Pressed on the attacking midfielder's lack of minutes amid links to a move away from the Bernabeu, Zidane said "I would not go. I would stay at this excellent club. He is going to get minutes. It's not true to say he never gets playing time."

James Rodriguez during Real Madrid training

James Rodriguez during Real Madrid training

James' lack of playing time

He has played 499 minutes this season with one goal and two assists in just six La Liga appeareances and sporadic Champions League and Copa del Rey minutes and he has been linked with a January transfer to Italy.

Real Madrid enter a difficult period regarding fixtures with seven games, including a trip to Barcelona, in the next three weeks. Perhaps Zidane was referring to James' possibility of playing more during this time but if things don't improve, the speculation will only continue over the Colombian's future.