Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez has joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal.
The 25-year-old will be reuniting with former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti who signed him in the summer of 2014 from Monaco following a successful World Cup outing.
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Rodriguez is yet to have a medical with the German giants before completing his move to the Allianz Arena – in a deal which could cost up to £40million. Bayern will also have an option to buy the Colombian permanently at the end of the loan deal on June 30, 2019.
The loan deal will cost Bayern £9million with another £31m on top of that if they wish to make the move a permanent one.
Bayern Chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his delight in the signing of James Rodriguez in a statement released by the club. He added that the Colombian skipper was the Ancelotti’s primary target this summer.
“We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Signing James Rodriguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.”
“James is a very versatile player. He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that, he’s great from set pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”
James made an impact with Madrid in his first season at the club, putting together an excellent first season to justify his hefty transfer fee. He, however, suffered an injury while on international duty early in the 2015-16 season and never got back on track.
Over the past two seasons, James has had limited time on the pitch and found himself lower down the pecking order behind Isco, Lucas Vasquez and Marco Asensio as alternative options to Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Overall, the midfielder scored 36 goals and provided 41 assists in 111 appearances for the Spanish giants.
He leaves having won seven major honors; Champions League (2016 and 2017), La Liga (2017), UEFA Super Cup (2014 and 2016) and the FIFA Club World Cup (2014 and 2016).
While his recent demise under Zinedine Zidane may have been disappointing, James Rodriguez is still a special talent capable of incredible things with a ball and would be happy to get back on track in Germany with a manager whom he had a very good relationship with.