Asprilla urges James to stay and fight for place

Real Madrid's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez gestures during the Spanish league football match Real Betis Balompie vs Real Madrid CF at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on January 24, 2016.The match ended in a draw 1-1. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP / CRISTINA QUICLER

Colombian legend Faustino Asprilla has urged his countryman James Rodriguez to stay on and fight for his place at the Santiago Bernabeu after a troubled season in 2015/16.

The Colombian striker scored just eight goals in the season and had eight assists as he struggled to cope under Rafa benitez before his place came under even more scrutiny under Zinedine Zidane who replaced Rafa.

The striker’s qualities are well known but he has been linked with a move away from the club and a number of top European clubs have come out to show interest in him.

Asprilla feels James, who had a good first season under Carlo Ancelotti, should stay on to prove his worth.

“If I were James, I would stay at Real Madrid, fighting for a place.

“If we look at it, Zidane’s Madrid had good stats, they cut the gap to Barcelona and won the Champions League, but they did not convince the ‘Madridista‘ fans. Madrid did not play well, and that is why James should play more. He has a lot of quality and could easily play in any position.” He said.

James joined the Madrid giants from AS Monaco after a fine show at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in which he emerged top scorer.