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Former Colombia forward Fasutino Asprilla has accused Real Madrid of not showing compatriot James Rodriguez sufficient respect.
The playmaker moved from Monaco to the Spanish giants after impressing at the 2014 World Cup and enjoyed a successful debut season, scoring 17 times in 43 appearances.
However, the former Porto man, through a combination of injuries and falling out of favour under former manager Rafa Benitez and current boss Zinedine Zidane, has made only 13 league starts this campaign.
Rodriguez still starred for his national side over the weekend, scoring one and assisting another as Colombia beat Bolivia 3-2 and Asprilla believes it proved the player is as good as ever.
“James doesn’t try harder for Colombia than Real Madrid, but here in Colombia he is given the true importance that a player of his character needs to perform,” he told Marca.
“He is a very young boy with an awful lot of talent but James hasn’t been given the support he needs by his club. When he had that support from [Carlo] Ancelotti he showed his true value.
“This season he hasn’t been able to prove anything because they haven’t given him the special treatment every player needs from their club.
“I sincerely believe that Benitez must have something against Colombians, because it’s the only way to explain his attitude towards my compatriots,” he added.
“James had just had an exceptional campaign in his first year with the club, then this man turns up and puts him on the bench.”