Frustrated James is misunderstood at Actual Madrid – Pekerman
Jose Pekerman claims James Rodriguez’s talents are usually not appreciated by club side Real Madrid, but the Colombia coach has no doubt as to his worth towards the national side.
The attacking midfielder has turn into an increasingly isolated figure at Santiago Bernabeu, his struggle for game time underlined by his exclusion in the Champions League final squad.
Reports have linked the 25-year-old, who moved to Madrid from Monaco in 2014, with a switch to Manchester United, but Pekerman feels James could be generally under-appreciated in Europe.
“It will not be the first time that there are terrific talents that in specific locations can feel frustrated, mainly because the designs or the football similarities don’t coincide,” he mentioned ahead of Colombia’s friendly with Spain on Wednesday.
“In football, full of stress and with higher dependence on the outcomes, in some cases we need a player able to break the lines, this player with a different type of game.
“In general, the South American player is not so understood in Europe, mainly because his style and creativity requirements a stability that in some cases he cannot come across.
“He is headstrong and works towards that. From our side, we generally ask him to battle so as to locate his place and to impose his abilities despite the difficulties. And he tries.
“I usually perceived that the greatest players have this rebel character of wanting to play. They do not like to be on the outside. There is constantly a expense.
“We all desire to have a great player, but when we’ve it, sometimes we ask him to accomplish one thing that is not what he can do.”
Regardless of his struggles for Madrid, Pekerman lauded Colombia captain James’ influence for his nation and recommended he would not be brief of suitors.
“He feels content together with the national group,” added the 67-year-old. “He desires to succeed right here and achieve points. Hopefully he can preserve fighting in his current club and if not in this a single, in another one that could value his skills.”
Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted at the weekend that coach Zinedine Zidane would be the man to make the final contact on James’ future, even though the Frenchman has repeatedly refused to become drawn on the subject.