Zidane angered by James rumours

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been left unimpressed by reports highlighting the off-field behaviour of James Rodriguez this term.

The Colombia international enjoyed a good debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring 13 goals in 29 league appearances to win La Liga Best Midfielder Award.

However, James has struggled for form in the new campaign, while he spent a month on the sidelines towards the end of last year with a thigh injury.

His attitude has been questioned by sections of the media after it was reported that the 24-year-old refused to pull over when caught speeding by police on New Year's Day.

The former Monaco star also reportedly riled Zidane when he allegedly showed a reluctance to warm up during the 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon last weekend.

But the Frenchman insists James remains fully committed to Real's cause and hit out at the speculation surrounding the player.

"I'm angered by what people are saying about James, but we have to put those rumours to one side," Zizou told reporters ahead of their La Liga clash with Real Betis on Sunday.

"I like what I see of James here. He's fully focused on what he's doing and I don't believe what is being said about him outside of the club. He looks committed and focused on what he does every day.

"James has had a good week, as has everyone else. I'm pleased with what he's doing. He's working really hard and we know just how important a player he is for this team."

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