'I would tell Zidane to eat sh*t!' - James deserves more respect from Real Madrid boss, says Asprilla
James Rodriguez deserves more "respect" from Zinedine Zidane, said Faustino Asprilla, who says he would tell Real Madrid boss to "sh * t eat" if he was in the midfielder's shoes.
James returned to Madrid last summer after a two-year loan period from Bayern Munich with the goal of forcing his way back into Zidane's plans.
The Blancos signed the Colombian playmaker from Monaco for 75 million euros after winning the Golden Shoe at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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Unfortunately, he was unable to consistently achieve the same high standards at Santiago Bernabeu and has slipped further into the squad pecking order this season.
James was limited to just 13 appearances in all Madrid competitions in 2019-20, and questions have now been asked as to whether he has the drive to change his career in the Spanish capital.
The outbreak of the corona virus caused La Liga to be temporarily closed in March, but Zidane's men were able to return to training in May when the lockdown in Spain waned.
Madrid played their first game in three months against Eibar at the Bernabeu on Sunday, and James was named on the bench. Zidane offered up to five substitutions due to new top rules.
However, the 28-year-old had to watch Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, Gareth Bale, Vinicius Junior and Fede Valverde get ahead of him in the Blancos' 3-1 win.
Asprilla doesn't understand why his compatriot was forced out of the competition for regular minutes, and he believes the former Monaco playmaker was far too patient with Zidane.
"James is not irresponsible," the former Colombian striker told Blu Radio. "He trains every day like everyone else.
"The coaches say that all players are the same to motivate substitutes, but they have three or four who always play. At Real Madrid, there are players who come from below and come up."
"Don't tell me that the top scorer in a World Cup is under Mariano or the pecking order.
"There is a need for a little respect. James is patient, but I would tell Zidane to eat 'sh * t'."
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