James Rodriguez is set to leave FC Bayern Munich following the end of his two-year loan from Real Madrid. The loan deal with Real Madrid ends on June 30th and after months of speculation and rumors, it is now confirmed that Bayern will not take up the purchase option agreed with Real.
In an official release by the club, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wished James all the best in the future by stating:
On behalf of FC Bayern München, I’d like to thank James for two successful years at the club. We’ve won the German league title and the DFB Cup twice with him. Beyond that, we reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with him. James made an important contribution to all these successes.
James himself commented:
I’d like to say a big thank you to the whole club and all the fans who have always given us tremendous support… I had two unforgettable years in Munich and I always really felt at home here. I will have great memories and I wish FC Bayern all the best in the future.
James managed to score 15 goals and assist 20 during his 67 appearances for Bayern. James was a part of the Bayern team who won two Bundesliga titles, two DFL Supercup titles and lastly one DFB-Pokal title.
67 games— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) June 5, 2019
⚽ 15 goals
♂️ 20 assists
Thanks for everything, @jamesdrodriguez pic.twitter.com/gQ6d5Oy8QO
We all knew that this was confirmed before it became official. James’ first season was much better than his last, yet, it became clear in 2019 that James was not happy with his playing time under Niko Kovac. I think this is for the best for both club and player.
The fact that Bayern could have bought James and then sold him for a larger amount but chose not to, epitomizes what club Bayern is. A class act.
Nevertheless, we at BFW wishes James success in the future.