James Rodriguez hints at Real Madrid return, signs for Bayern Munich


James Rodriguez has claimed that he could still return to Real Madrid, despite signing a two-year loan deal with Bayern Munich.

The Colombia international has left the La Liga champions over lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane last season.

“We have some great players and I have to fight for a starting position,” he told a news conference at his Bayern unveiling.

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“I can play on the left or the right wing as well as a playmaker. I will play wherever the coach wants me to play.

“It is a new life for me. Everything is new, but Munich is a beautiful city. I will try to learn German.

“The door to Real Madrid is still open, but for now I only think about the next two years here. After that we’ll see and make a decision.

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“It is a new way but no step back. A new challenge”, he added.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the club will be first in line to keep James, should all parties be in favour of making the switch permanent.

“We have a clear agreement with James and Real about a two-year loan,” he said.

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“After that we have the option to make the deal permanent with a specific amount for three more years.”

Of Bayern’s other recruitment activity, he added: “The transfer market is open for another six weeks.

“I won’t rule out that we sign some other players nor that some players could leave. But right now, nothing specific is planned.”

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