Zidane closes the door on James Rodríguez's return to Real Madrid

Ross Houston
March 15, 2019

Zidane begins his second spell as coach on Saturday against Celta Vigo.

"I would love to coach Mbappe, as all the good players".

According to Metro, the Portuguese tactician, who was sent packing by Man United mid-December was close to a return to the Santiago Bernabeu after talks with Madrid president Florentino Perez. "It's not the moment to talk about this".

With new Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane having had his first training session with his squad since his return to Los Blancos, here is what reportedly transpired.

"Gareth wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted him to play another", Barnett told the BBC's Football Daily podcast.

His return puts a question mark over the future of Bale, who found himself on the bench towards the end of last season under the Frenchman.

"Our job now is to win the 11 games we have left, then we will see what happens".

"If you let him play how he wants to play, and have a run of games, he can be right up there".

But the issue is that James appears to be a similar player to Mesut Ozil - who Emery has failed to regularly get the best out of.

"I'm going to count on Isco, as well as other players, the important thing is that I make each player feel very involved". Gareth is ready to play tomorrow. Enrique has given first call-ups to Getafe forward Jaime Mata, Real Betis midfielder Sergio Canales, Sevilla defender Sergi Gomez and Napoli's Fabian Ruiz.

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