James Rodriguez 's father is convinced his son's poor form for Real Madrid will pass amid ongoing speculation about his future.
Per Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Real are looking to sell James in the summer, and the Colombian has been linked with a move to Manchester United, as noted by John Richardson in the Express.
James was again hooked early by manager Zinedine Zidane after a poor display in Saturday's defeat to Atletico Madrid—he was substituted in the 57th minute—and the Bernabeu crowd voiced their displeasure with his performance.
Wilson James Rodriguez said that it was a difficult time for his son but made assurances that it would pass, per Caracol Radio (via Sergio Gomez in AS):
This is hard to take as every father wants the best for his son. This is football though and it's not just James who is playing poorly. Dips in form are routine, stakes are very high in the big sides and there is very little room for forgiveness. James is a very professional individual but this is the price of fame. All I can do is be there for him in these difficult times. I'm relaxed about the situation as it will pass.
Football is very much about the present and he's determined to keep working hard. Do you recall when James first joined Madrid? He was under pressure to score goals. This is totally normal but it's important to lift oneself up and move on.
Per Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe, James' form has been poor for some time now, and he is in danger of losing his first-team spot to Jese:
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There have been consistent reports that Zidane is not pleased with the 24-year-old's attitude, leading to increasing speculation that he could be on his way out of Madrid, per Sport's Alejandro Alcazar.
James only joined Los Blancos in the summer of 2014 from Monaco following his eye-catching showing at the World Cup with Colombia.
His first season with Real was a great success individually—although the team won no significant silverware—as he netted 13 times in La Liga and provided the same number of assists, per WhoScored.com.
He looked primed to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, in the long-term as Real's superstar player alongside Gareth Bale.
However, James has struggled in 2015-16, first under Rafael Benitez—who succeeded Carlo Ancelotti as Madrid boss last summer—and now under Zidane.
The reported fee that Real paid for James was £63 million, a significant sum even for the Madrid giants.
To give up on him just two years into a six year contract would surely be premature from Real, especially as he has proved he can be effective for the La Liga side.
As his father notes, James undoubtedly has the quality to return to form, and it would be a foolish move to let such a major star leave this summer.
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