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James Rodriguez hopes to make his mark at Real Madrid

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James Rodriguez hopes that he’ll be able to make an impact at Real Madrid this season, and insists things are “good” with Zinedine Zidane.

Following a mixed two-year loan stint with Bayern Munich, James returned to Zidane and Real in the summer.

Many expected it to be a brief stay, though, as head coach Zidane seemingly had no plans for him. It prompted interest from city rivals Atletico Madrid and Serie A giants Napoli over a surprise move.

However, James ultimately stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu with Zidane welcoming him back to the squad. The Frenchman even handed him his first Los Blancos start since May 2017 in a 1-1 La Liga draw against Real Valladolid on August 24.

Now the 28-year-old hopes to move on from his summer transfer saga by making the most of his second chance at Real.

“I really hope that this can be my season with Real Madrid,” James told El Chiringuito while signing autographs for fans inside his car.

When questioned on his relationship with Zidane, he replied: “We’re good”.

The former FC Porto star is currently recovering from a calf injury, which ruled him out of the international break for Colombia.

Despite their star playmaker’s absence, Carlos Queiroz’s side scraped a 2-2 friendly draw with Brazil on Saturday. They will return to action for one last friendly against Venezuela on Wednesday morning.

Although James seemingly offered Real supporters hope over his fitness by refusing to rule himself out of Saturday’s La Liga match with Levante.

The Colombia international’s availability could be a welcome boost for Zidane considering Real’s forgettable start to the new season. So far, the club have won just one of their opening three league games and already sit four points behind leaders Atletico.

Therefore, a first home victory at the Santiago Bernabeu this Saturday is a must for the 33-time La Liga champions.

James Rodriguez, Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid
MADRID, SPAIN – AUGUST 24: James Rodriguez with Zinedine Zidane.