The Colombia star fell out of favour under former Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, leading to his move to Germany last summer, though there’s been some speculation that his loan could be cut short now that Zidane has been replaced by Julen Lopetegui.
While James gave no indication that a return to the Spanish capital is in the offing, he spoke of his three years with Madrid in glowing terms.
“Real Madrid was the club where I scored the most goals, 32 with Porto and 36 in Madrid,” the 27-year-old told Colombia’s The Suso Show.”That isn’t easy, and with 42 assists too.”
James also named former Real colleague Cristiano Ronaldo as the best forward he’d played with, along with Colombia team-mate Radamel Falcao.
Addressing the speculation regarding his future, he said he’s set to stay with the Bundesliga champions for now.
“So far, I’m still here and I’ve had a spectacular first season so I’m very happy there and I feel like the club and the fans love me very much.”
James also added that it had been frustrating watching from the stands while Colombia exited the World Cup after a penalty shootout defeat to England in the Round of 16, though he says he’s recovered from the injury that kept him out of that crucial clash.
The 29-year-old Welshman, who scored a brace during May’s Champions League final triumph over Liverpool in Kiev, has been ramping up his fitness regime at the club’s Valdebebas training base under the watchful eye of new boss Julen Lopetegui.
It was well-documented that the former Tottenham star did not see eye-to-eye with Zidane while, despite winning four European Cups during his time with Real, Bale was always in the shadow of main man Ronaldo.
That, though, appears to have changed with the winger looking a firm part of the club’s plans for next season.
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