James Rodriguez Rejects Any Move Away From Bayern Munich

Most teams in the world would probably want someone as creative as James Rodriguez in but unfortunately for Arsenal fans it won't be their team as he's set to stay at Bayern Munich.

The 2014 World Cup was a magical time, not as magical as watching England carve up the tournament in 2018 of course, and brought to light the wonderful talent that is James Rodriguez.

Of course the Colombian wasn't exactly hidden out of sight before the tournament in Brazil, he was playing in Monaco after a €45 million move from Porto after all, but his goalscoring exploits that summer took him to superstardom.

Winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup led Real Madrid to splash the cash on him but Los Blancos have since loaned him to Bayern Munich.

Life in Germany has rather stalled for the 27 year old since Niko Kovac became manager last summer which led to rumours that his two year loan spell could come to an end prematurely this month.

According to reports he was available for the rest of the season for just £3 million with Arsenal said to be interested, as well as Napoli.

That rumour has now seemingly been squashed. According to ESPN FC Rodriguez is happy at the Allianz Arena and wants to stay till at least the end of the season.

Rodriguez has spent more time on the bench this season than previously. Image: PA Images
Rodriguez has spent more time on the bench this season than previously. Image: PA Images

The Bundesliga champions have the chance to sign him for €42 million before the end of July this year, on top of the €13 million they've paid for his loan fee.

Whether they take up that option remains to be seen but the player wants to remain there for now which will come as a blow to Unai Emery.

Arsenal are generally having a problem with creativity, especially with the manager going cold on Mesut Ozil, and James would have been the perfect fillip.

Rodriguez scored the Puskas Award winning goal in the 2014 World Cup. Image: PA Images
Rodriguez scored the Puskas Award winning goal in the 2014 World Cup. Image: PA Images

The link to Napoli is because Carlo Ancelotti is now manager in Naples with the Italian having got the best out of the former Porto player at Real Madrid and bringing him to Bayern.

Ahhh the summer of 2014, I was in Rio, Brexit hadn't happened yet and the world just seemed a better place for everyone, especially James Rodriguez.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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