WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 20: James Rodriguez of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Muenchen at Volkswagen Arena on October 20, 2018 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

James Rodriguez insists he intends to pursue a permanent move to Bayern Munich once his two-year loan deal expires next summer

The Colombian winger arrived in Munich in 2017 after falling out of favour at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.

After a difficult start at Bayern with Carlo Ancelotti, Rodriguez soon excelled upon Jupp Heynckes’ return for a fourth stint in charge of the club last season.

Bayern have the option to make Rodriguez’s stay a permanent one next summer, but have remained silent on their plans for the 27-year-old – amid talk of a return to Real.

But, as far as Rodriguez is concerned, he’s going nowhere.

“It’s a different situation to last year because I am playing less,” said Rodriguez in a Bayern fan club meeting, as quoted by Goal.

“If I have to go because of lacking playtime, then I will. But I would like to stay because I really feel the love of the fans and the whole Bayern family.”

The Real loanee is currently sidelined with a knee injury and hasn’t played since Bayern’s 1-1 draw with SC Freiburg on November 3.

But Rodriguez is optimistic over his recovery and suggested a comeback before the winter break in Germany is not out of the question.

“I hope that I will recover completely in one to two weeks,” he added.

Rodriguez has managed three goals and two assists in 11 appearances for Bayern this season.