The father of James Rodriguez has advised the midfielder to be “patient and wise” at Real Madrid after an indifferent second season.
A mix of injuries, poor form and controversy off the pitch has seen James fail to replicate the performances he showed in his first campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Wilson Rodriguez believes the change in Coach was more significant as he urged his son to avoid thinking about an exit.
“I don’t miss any of [James’ games for Madrid], but I didn’t when he was at Porto and Monaco. I’m big fan of his,” he told Marca.
“At the time he joined Banfield, we imagined that this moment would arrive, we just had to wait a little while.
“His sacrifice, humility and discipline has put him where he is now.
“I think it’s normal [that his levels have dropped] because this is football.
“The injury strongly influenced [his dip in form] as it means a player must suffer in order to maintain their level.
“[Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti] are very different Coaches.
“Him not playing at the moment means nothing, but it’s clear the coaching change hasn’t been good for him.
“The national team are something else, he has a feeling for his national colours, but Real Madrid are still a big club.
“I guess it must be some psychological thing, but James still has a lot to give Madrid.
“Of course [he can still improve]. James has yet to give all the quality that he has as a player.
“He’s a young player who is always picking up experience. He has to give even more.
“I take huge pride in knowing that he’s fulfilling the dream he’s always had.
“Of course [I give him advice], like any father to his son. I’ll say, ‘do this, do that’.
“We don’t talk every day, but we maintain a continuous communication, in which we speak of many things and discuss life.
“It’s so much so that we have a special phone for family conversations. I consider our relationship to be excellent.
“I’d advise him to be patient, wise and adequately prepared for when he gets his chance. Patience and wisdom. Football is sacrificial, so he must wait for his time to come.”