Ronaldo: If James wants to leave…

Cristiano Ronaldo admits James Rodriguez is right to consider his Real Madrid future as “he has his grievances”, but “I want him to stay”.

James has failed to establish himself as a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane, despite scoring 11 goals for Madrid in the past season, but while Ronaldo advised to remain Blanco, he also said the midfielder “should look to do what’s best for him.”

“These are very personal situations,” he told La Sexta.

“Personally, I want him to stay because he’s a very good player in my eyes and he should stay because he still has a lot to give to this shirt and he’s still very young.

“He has his reasons and we have to respect them. If he doesn’t feel comfortable and wants to play more, he should look to do what’s best for him.

“Still, on a personal level, I think James has the potential to play for Real Madrid.

“If he wants my opinion, I’d tell him to stay but obviously he has his grievances and perhaps he wants to play more…”

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