The media around Real Madrid continue to look at James Rodriguez’s revival with a mixture of confusion, annoyance and melancholy.
Having struggled seriously under Zinedine Zidane at Madrid, the Colombian was allowed to leave for Everton during the summer window. Initial reports priced the transfer at €25m, until it was then revealed none of Rodriguez’s formative clubs would be getting a solidarity payment… because no transfer fee actually changed hands.
Zidane has been the subject of some mild criticism, with it being pondered why the manager couldn’t get as much out of the player as Carlo Ancelotti obviously can.
Now, Marca say Rodriguez has undergone a complete physical change. They say that failures at Madrid weren’t just down to Zidane’s choices, but also fitness issues. Whilst it sounds like an exaggeration, Marca insist every time the player went away for national duty with Colombia he returned with some kind of injury.
He’s been able to cope with the tough demands of the Premier League, whilst also playing international matches, something Marca believe would have been ‘unthinkable’ not so long ago.
Rodriguez’s ‘worst nightmare’ at Real Madrid has been left behind and he’s turned from a player dismissed as ‘weak’ into ‘Superman’.
Maybe the Spanish club should have a word with their medical department.