Rodriguez: I want to play more at Madrid

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James Rodriguez admits he wants to feature more for Real Madrid, even if he respects Zinedine Zidane’s selection decisions.

Rodriguez has started just twice in La Liga this season and struggled to hold down a regular place since Zidane took over at the Bernabeu in January.

The Colombia international was linked with a Madrid exit during the summer and the speculation has continued over a January departure.

And the 25-year-old – who has struggled to revive the form from his first season at Madrid – says it’s frustrating watching from the sidelines, albeit he refused to criticise boss Zidane.

"I want to play more," he told RCN.

"But hey, there's someone [Zidane] who commands all and it is he who says who plays who does not play.

“He takes decisions and he calls the shots. You have to respect all that.

"It is a relationship that is fit between a player and a coach. I'm in a club where everyone wants to win and you are always needed to play well.”