James: Zidane Is My Idol, Madrid Is My Dream

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James Rodriguez has praised Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane and named him his idol following his goal against Espanyol.

Los Blancos notched 16 straight La Liga wins following goals from Benzema and James in the absence of Ronaldo and Bale.

James has struggled for a regular first-team berth under Zidane but he told reporters after the match that he holds his coach in the highest regard.

“Zidane is my idol. Real Madrid is my dream,” he said. “I hope it lasts much more time.

“My family and I are very happy in Madrid and in the team. I will fight to stay here forever.

“It’s not true that I’ve had a bad time. Me not speaking [to the public] doesn’t mean I have a bad relationship with anyone.

“We are united as a team and everyone has supported me here since the first day. We want more wins and more records.

“I understand the coach’s decisions. He knows I always want to help the team, not just with goals and assists.”

James’ wonderful solo strike settled Madrid during first-half stoppage time in a match they initially struggled to stamp their authority upon.

“We fell a little behind in the first half but gathered ourselves and the goal came soon enough,” he added.



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