James Rodriguez has lashed out at the media for “untruths” about his personal life following Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.
The Colombian returned to Los Blancos’ starting line-up for the trip to Benito Villamarin, where he set up Karim Benzema’s equaliser, but he took the time to set the record straight on claims made against him after the game.
“It’s a big shame what people are saying about me,” he said.
“People close to me know how I act. I always try to take care of myself.
“I’m a great professional. What’s been said about me, that I go out a lot at night, isn’t true.
“It really annoys me when people doubt me and say I’m fat.
“[On his police chase], I wasn’t going as fast as everyone thought.
“[On why he couldn’t hear the sirens], I was playing my music loud.
“I’m not stupid. If I had seen them then I would’ve pulled over.
“I apologise [for what happened], but people make mistakes.
“The coaching change has been good for the team.
“They’re part of football and everyone’s aware they can happen.
“Some come and others go, but change has been good.
“Some have more feeling with a Coach than another.
“[On his reported disagreement with Zinedine Zidane against Sporting Gijon], I didn’t know I had to keep warming up.
“Zidane is the boss, I have good relationship with him and we’ve talked a lot.
“We must be calm and pick up the pace.”