I'll play wherever Madrid want me – James

The Colombian says he is ready to fulfil the needs of the team despite being more clear about his role when playing for his national side

James Rodriguez says he is happy to play wherever Real Madrid ask him to play despite having been used in a less familiar role in his first season in La Liga.

The Colombian has arrived with his national team colleagues ahead of the Copa America and he admits his role as an attacking midfielder for Jose Pekerman’s side comes more naturally to him than the more withdrawn position he had under Carlo Ancelotti at club level.

Rafael Benitez this week took over as the Blancos’ new boss but James has no concerns over his positioning with his club side.

“I am clear with what Pekerman wants and I am capable of doing it. At Real Madrid I play a little further back but I will play wherever I am asked,” James told reporters.

The 23-year-old netted 17 goals in 46 games during his debut campaign in Spain, but now his attention turns to the continental finals and he says he cannot wait to get started.

“I’m happy to be here with the team again,” he added. “I have great enthusiasm and I’m feeling good about the Copa America. It won’t be easy but we will take it step by step. I don’t like to lose and we will try our best to winner the tournament.”

Colombia line up in Group C alongside Venezuela, Peru and Brazil, with their first game coming against the Vinotinto in Rancagua on Sunday, June 14.

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