Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the intention of the Bavarians to sign James Rodriguez on a permanent basis this summer.
27-year-old attacking midfielder Rodriguez made the surprise move to the Allianz Arena from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, on a two-year loan deal worth 13 million Euro.
The former Porto standout’s time in Germany has since proven a rather hit-and-miss affair, though.
While he played an important role in Bayern’s passage to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, Rodriguez started just 19 of the Bavarian giants’ 34 Bundesliga outings.
And the current campaign has seen the Colombian international continue to struggle for consistent game-time.
To this point in the season, Rodriguez has started just 13 times between the league and Champions League (though he was sidelined for 6 weeks between November and December with knee ligament damage).
As such, with Rodriguez’s place in the plans of Bayern boss Niko Kovac having long been under question, rumours had mounted over the last couple of months that the Bundesliga champions would opt against taking up their 42 million Euro purchase option on the South American this summer.
Such reports subsequently led to Rodriguez being linked with possible moves to a number of other clubs.
Premier League giants Arsenal were even touted as a possible January destination for the gifted midfielder.
‘Everybody here is happy with him’
But, as per the aforementioned update from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Rodriguez in fact looks set to remain a Bayern player beyond the expiration of his loan deal with the club at the end of the season.
Speaking in an interview with Münchner Abendzeitung, Bavarians’ chairman Rummenigge revealed:
‘I strongly believe that he will play for FC Bayern next season.’
‘I am still a big fan of James. I am sure that coach Kovac sees his qualities the way I do and that he is very happy with him.’
‘We have to use the option before June 15. I have to make it clear that everybody here is happy with him.’