Zidane assures James he is 'important' to Real Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane has acknowledged James Rodriguez's public plea for more playing time and reassured the Colombian that he is still considered an "important player" at Real Madrid.

James was quoted on Friday as being frustrated with his lack of football at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the former Monaco star playing only four times in La Liga this term.

"At the moment, to answer you, yes James does have less playing time than others, but he's an important player for us - he helps us," Zidane said.

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