Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez has today revealed why he opted to make an early return to Germany, having been on international duty with Colombia.
Rodriguez, who made the move to the Allianz Arena this summer on a surprise two-year loan from Real Madrid, has made a positive start to life in Germany, racking up 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 Bundesliga appearances to this point (he missed 5 games through injury).
The South American decided on a move to Bayern due to the presence of Carlo Ancelotti at the club, with the Italian tactician having brought the best out of Rodriguez during the pair’s time together at Real.
However, Ancelotti was of course dismissed by the German champions at the end of September, with Rodriguez left in a curious position as a result.
With the attitude of the 26-year-old having been called into question on numerous occasions in the past, many quickly wondered how Rodriguez would cope with the change at the helm in Bavaria.
The former Porto and Monaco man answered most of these questions with a string of impressive recent performances for Bayern, and has seemingly put to bed any and all queries regarding his commitment to the cause with his comments in an interview with the club’s official website today.
Rodriguez departed from international duty with Colombia over the weekend to return to Munich, despite the fact that his country still had a friendly clash with China to play (they won 4-0 today).
And, as revealed by the gifted creator in the aforementioned interview with Bayern’s website today, Rodriguez made the decision to return to his club to ensure his fitness and availability for Jupp Heynckes’ side’s clash with Augsburg on Saturday.
‘It was an important issue. I thought about it for a long time.’
‘I thought it would be good to train with the entire group again. I decided this together with the Colombian coaching staff.’
‘They understood that I am currently experiencing a good spell here in Munich. It was clear to me that I should be in Munich training with all of my team-mates. Now we have a full week of training ahead and can prepare well. I believe I made the right decision.’