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James Rodriguez’ father rips Real Madrid, Zidane, praises Bayern Munich

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The Colombian looks comfortable in Munich, and his dad lauds his son for making the move

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James Rodriguez has gotten a new lease on his professional life since joining FC Bayern Munich, especially since Jupp Heynckes took over the reins. He was only sporadically used under Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, who happens to be one of the Colombian’s boyhood idols, and wasn’t happy in the Spanish capital anymore.

Now, the player’s father, Wilson Rodriguez, in an exclusive interview with Spanish daily newspaper Marca, took aim at Real Madrid and fired a couple of barbs in Zidane’s direction.

“He had lost the joy of playing soccer that he had when [Carlo] Ancelotti was coach.” claims James’ dad, although he was quick to point out that “you will never hear my son talk badly about the French coach or criticize him for something related to football.” No need, that’s what Pops is for.

So, what does he think about the move to Bavaria? “My son did well leaving Real Madrid for Bayern Munich, he is very happy in Germany”, adding, “I see him living a calm and cheerful life and it’s incredibly important for him to perform on the pitch.” The obvious implication is that his time in Madrid was anything but.

It’s amazing what a change of scenery and a coach that gives a player his full backing can do for someone’s performance, and Rodriguez has paid his new employer back in strong outings across all competitions, making himself a player that is hard to bench.

Will it be enough to win James’ third CL trophy? Rodriguez Sr seems to think so.

Bayern are a very strong team who have no fear of anyone else in the competition...However, to win the Champions League you do need other factors such as luck at certain moments in a game but the Germans are candidates to win it.

Hear, hear!