Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that he never had any problem with James Rodriguez, who left the Bernabeu last summer.
The Colombia international, who struggled for a regular football at under French manager Zidane, has ultimately left the side last summer.
James, who joined La Liga giants in the summer of 2014 from Monaco, has eventually joined Bayern Munich on loan deal of two seasons.
The 26-year-old has since revived his football at Allianz Arena and will be eligible to take on his parent club in the semi-final of the Champions League on this Wednesday evening.
“I didn’t want James to go, he decided to go. I never had any problem with James. And it’s more about what is said in the press,” Zidane told reporters.
“I think he will be motivated because he is a football player. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. Anyone that thinks I am against James is wrong. He will want to go out and prove himself but because he likes football and that’s it.”
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Meanwhile, James has managed 6 goals and provided 11 assists from 33 games in all competitions for the Bavarians this season.