James Rodriguez hits back at claims he’s fat, hints a move to Man United is unlikely (Videos)

James Rodriguez gave assistance to Benzema in Real's draw with Betis (Photo: REUTERS)

One of the stories printed in the English press over the weekend was the claim that Man United are trying to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

On Sunday night the Colombian international was back in action for Los Blancos, and he set up the goal in Real’s 1-1 draw at Betis.

It’s been a difficult few days and weeks for James, who has been slammed in the press for not performing for Madrid.

Indeed, he’s been accused of having weight problems, while his lifestyle has also drawn criticism.

After the Betis game James spoke to the media, and he took the opportunity to hit back at his haters:

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The talk really bothers me. Everyone who is close to me knows how I act and that I always look to take good care of myself. 

I’m a great professional. What’s been said about me going out a lot at night is a lie. It pisses me off that people doubt me and say I am fat! I’ve given a lot to football and I keep giving everything every day. 

James, without mentioning Man United by name, also appeared to commit himself to staying in Spain for a while longer revealing his happiness with new coach Zinedine Zidane:

The change has been good, now we listen more to the new coach.

This happens, it’s part of all this, of what football is. Some come and others go and you get along better with some than others.

Asked about an incident last week where it seemed like he was refusing to warm up, James denied it.

He also denied trying to speed away from police several weeks ago:

I didn’t know that I had to keep warming up, we didn’t talk to the coach. He is in charge and I have to pay attention to him.

We have a good relationship and we are talking a lot, all is well.

I wasn’t going as fast in the car as they say, it was not so serious, but I ask forgiveness because one can commit errors.

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