Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Zidane closes the door on James Rodríguez's return to Real Madrid

Zidane closes the door on James Rodríguez's return to Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho has described the reunion of Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid as "perfect".

The 46-year-old Frenchman returns after a trophy-laden 28-month spell in charge, which started in January 2016, as he led Madrid to three straight Champions League triumphs and a LaLiga title.

"Florentino sees the Portuguese coach as a shield".

Veteran defender Marcelo and Wales forward Gareth Bale are the most high profile names whose futures look uncertain under Zidane, while Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos all have points to prove to their returning coach.

Zidane was brought back after Real's season pretty much ended following their 4-1 humiliation by Ajax in the Champions League. "I just told you Zidane to Madrid is flawless".

"He is a good coach with a lot of trophies but numerous leaders in the dressing room didn't like him and I think that was important in the decision-making".

"As a player he was awesome, as a coach he has won everything". Yet Rodriguez's recent performances haven't been great and now it appears their desire to sign him on a deal has cooled. What matters is that I am back and we have time to talk about what we have to do.

"It's good news for everyone that he has returned, as he loves Real Madrid and he has shown it with this decision".

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