James Rodriguez Reportedly Wants To Return To Real Madrid
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich could soon be locked in a messy battle for James Rodriguez, a Real player on loan with the German club, if reports are true that he wants to return to the Bernabeu.
Rodriguez was the big name signing after the World Cup in Brazil four years ago. Florentino Perez loves a big name and after winning the Golden Boot at the tournament Rodriguez was the new big name on the scene.
The Colombian helped Los Blancos to win a La Liga title and two Champions Leagues in his three years at the Bernabeu but his game time became less and less under Zinedine Zidane in the last season.
Last summer it looked like either he or Isco would be sold and Real's manager wanted to keep the Spaniard. That led to the former Porto man joining back up with Carlo Ancelotti on loan at Bayern.
There he had a good season scoring seven Bundesliga goals and setting up another 11 as he helped win the league.
His two year loan deal includes a clause for the Germans to buy him outright but according to Marca he actually wants to return to the Spanish capital with Real.
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The newspaper says that the club also want to bring back a player who still belongs to him but who they have no recourse to bring back during the deal or anyway of rejecting the transfer move.
That would suggest that the only way for him to return to the side to play under Julen Lopetegui is to wait for his loan deal to end next summer and reject any contract from Bayern himself.
It seems that any interest he has in returning is because Zidane stepped down after the Champions League final win over Liverpool and could have also been helped by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Juventus.
Of course in typical fashion German newspaper Blind are reporting that Rodriguez is happy in Munich but there's actually no reason both reports can't be true.
It may be that Rodriguez is happy to stay if there's no way of him going back.
Will James stay in Germany?