Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal with an option for a permanent deal subject to a medical, both clubs have announced.
The Colombian joined Real Madrid on a six year contract for £71million from Porto back in 2014. His struggle for regular game-time at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane last season did initiate the move.
On Tuesday, Rodriguez’s two-year loan deal with Bayern was confirmed despite speculation linking the 25-year-old with Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea in recent months.
James Rodriguez has broken his silence
However, just hours after the move was announced, Rodriguez tweeted:
‘Dear Madridistas I am overwhelmed with gratitude after three wonderful years proudly wearing this shirt. I have love in my heart.’
Moreover, Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that Rodriguez’s was Carlo Ancelotti’s number one target this summer.
‘Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish,’ he said.
James, in his three years scored 36 times setting up 41 goals in 111 appearances. In his 46 appearences under Ancelotti, the Colombian had scored 17 goals having 18 assists to his name. This clearly shows that the Italian had a better understanding with the player than Zidane.
Queridos madridistas me embarga la gratitud, 3 años maravillosos vistiendo con orgullo esta camiseta. Llevo en el corazón su cariño. Éxitos. pic.twitter.com/vD5byXisIz
— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) July 11, 2017
The Colombian was a top target for Madrid after acing in the world cup back in 2014. His spell at the Santiago brought him multiple major honors. Winning the Champions League twice, a La Liga title this year, with two UEFA super cup victories in 2014 and 2016. Real Madrid were also able to win the FIFA club world cup twice in his three years.
Furthermore, Real Madrid veteran Hugo Sanchez believes James Rodriguez lacked the character to play for the La Liga and Champions League titleholders.
James will now reunite with former boss Carlo Ancelotti with whom he has a better understanding. With Douglas Costa linking to Juventus, James will surely be a key player for his manager.
The Colombian is not any ordinary player as he showed us all in 2014 World cup finals. The playing style of the Bavarians would further suit him with FC Bayern dominating possession for most part of their games in the Bundesliga.
Watch this stunning strike for which he won the FIFA Puskas Award.