James Rodriguez’s wife, Daniela Ospina, has insisted there is no issue between her husband and Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, saying the player’s frustration at lack of game time is “personal”.
The Colombian midfielder has hardly been an automatic choice over the last 18 months at the Santiago Bernabeu and has been linked with a move away.
Daniela told W Radio Colombia that James was aware of the competition for places in the Madrid squad, although it still hurt to be left out.
“It is an internal issue, I believe it is bad that there is talk about his relationship with his coach,” she said.
“That sells papers, generates excitement, but all coaches must choose 11 players and that’s not easy with a squad like Real Madrid’s.
“James must keep working hard, battling and showing all the talent he has. For him it is not easy to be on the bench. He is very competitive and always wants to play. But it is more a personal frustration than something directed at the coach.”