James Rodriguez’s future at Bayern Munich lies in the hands of manager Niko Kovac according to club president Uli Hoeness.
James completed a two-year loan switch to the Bundesliga giants in July 2017 and has gone on to register 10 goals and 14 assists for the Bavarians.
With the Colombian’s loan spell now drawing to a close at the end of this season, Hoeness clarified the situation of the player during an interview cited on Bundesliga website.
“It depends very much on whether Niko Kovac says: ‘I want to keep him’,” he said on Sunday. “If he says, ‘he’s a great player but won’t play regularly under me’, then we can’t pay the transfer fee.
“It all depends on what we want. We have an option that we can choose to take up or not. If we choose to do so, he’ll stay.”
Rodriguez has been superb form after starting all six of Bayern’s games in all competitions in February and reports are rife he may likely remain in Munich.
The former Porto man grabbed a vital assist on Matchday 23 with a pinpoint corner for Javi Martinez to head in the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin.
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“He’s very good,” said Kovac of the Colombia international recently. “He’s got good awareness and positioning. What I personally like a lot is that he always puts himself at the team’s service.”
James himself has previously stated that he would like to remain at the club beyond the terms of his current deal.
“I’d like to stay because I feel the love of the fans,” he said in December last year. “That’s true here in Munich, and actually the entire Bayern family. I feel very good right now.”