Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has denied claims that James Rodriguez 'said goodbye' to Los Blancos fans as he was substituted in their win over Sevilla on Sunday night.
A controversial free kick from Nacho Fernandez gave Madrid the lead after 23 minutes, soon followed by a tap in from Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite Sevilla's Stevan Jovetic bringing his side back into the game just after the second half began, Madrid scored a quick double in the closing stages of the match to secure the three points.
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Quoted by Football Espana after the game, Zidane discussed Nacho's arguably unsportsmanlike opener.
"It’s not the same seeing it from the inside as it is from the outside. [The season’s] very long and it’s not easy to win the League in Spain, but we’re getting closer with each matchday." said the Madrid boss when asked how his team are dealing with pressure.
Real's James Rodriguez's future is currently up in the air, with reports heavily linking the midfielder with Mancehster United. After being subbed in the 60th minute, the 25-year-old seemed to take a moment to absorb the Bernabeu crowd, seemingly saying his goodbyes.
“James’ ‘farewell’? No, James is at Madrid and we have a lot left to do. We’re only thinking about the final stretch. I don’t want to talk about other things.
“We still have the most complicated part of the season to play and we’re going to fight until the last moment. We’ll be very positive and we’re going to give it our all until then."