It is not everyday that legendary footballer, Lionel Messi gets to wade in stories concerning Real Madrid. The 29-year-old Barcelona attacker has some words of advice for 24-year-old Colombia international, James Rodriguez.
The 2014 World Cup top-scorer has struggled for game time ever since Zinedine Zidane took over the job in January, and could be set for a move away from the 11-time Champions League winners.
Messi sought out the former Monaco attacker and offered him the advice, for the sake of his career and to showcase himself where his talents would be better appreciated.
Rodriguez was kept on the bench for Saturday’s match against Barcelona, a game that finished 1-1 after a last gasp goal by club captain, Sergio Ramos.
This is not the first time he has been left out of a crucial match, as he was also left on the bench by Zidane for the Champions League final, earlier in the year against crosstown rivals, Atletico Madrid.
The player, who earned a big money move to the Spanish capital as a result of his brilliant performances at the world cup in Brazil has struggled to replicate his form and is being benched for the likes of Isco, and even Madrid academy graduate, Marco Asensio.
He shares the same agent with Jose Mourinho. Jorge Mendes, the super agent represents the Colombian. The Express reports that Chelsea with the likes Arsenal, PSG and Man United are all interested in his services but Madrid’s asking price of £72m could deter them from making a move for the gifted play-maker.