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.