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The former Blancos striker believes the World Cup 2014 Golden Boot winner can survive in a high-pressure environment

Real Madrid director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has admitted that the club's fans are expecting big things from new signing James Rodriguez but he is confident that the playmaker will live up to his €80 million price tag.

The Colombia international sealed a "dream" move to Los Blancos from Monaco earlier this month on the back of his Golden Boot-winning exploits at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Consequently, expectations are high among Madrid fans - but Butragueno believes has the right mentality to deal with the pressure of proving his worth to the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.

"He is young and Real Madrid is a very demanding club," the former Blancos striker told reporters.

"Our fans are very loyal but, at the same time, they expect your best. Every game is like a test, so you have to play well. We have to win.

"So, it’s part of our culture, our history. We have to win a title. It’s what our fans expect.

"But [James] is a nice guy. I had the opportunity to meet with him during the presentation, and I think he’s down to earth. He’s looking forward to starting the season, to helping us. Then we’ll see.

"But, really, we are very optimistic about what [role] he can play for us. We think he’s very talented, a very gifted player."

Rodriguez claimed the Golden Boot after netting six goals in just five games for Colombia at Brazil 2014.

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