Now that the winter transfer deadline is closed, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained his reasoning behind James Rodriguez staying at Bayern.
During the whole winter transfer window there were rumors that suggested James Rodriguez would certainly leave Bayern Munich, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained why the Bavarian club ultimately decided to keep the Colombian midfielder in the club.
Throughout the season there have been several rumors of a disagreement between the player and manager Niko Kovac, who left him on the bench several times in all competitions and never really explained why.
These actions were obviously regarded as a message for the player, the media believed that the Croatian boss didn’t want James on the squad and we all expected him to leave before January 31.
But turns out we were all wrong, as neither the club nor the manager wanted James Rodriguez out of Bayern Munich and they all unanimously decided that the best option was for him to stay until the end of the season at least.
But going a little bit further in this decision, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained that he never even entertained the idea of the Colombian player leaving the German club.
🗣️ Rummenigge sobre @jamesdrodriguez: "Creo que todos queremos verle regularmente sobre el terreno de juego, pero eso depende del entrenador. Tengo que decir honestamente que realmente me gusta James". pic.twitter.com/LagN2ffqCB
— James Rodríguez Col (@jamesdrodrifans) January 31, 2019
In fact, Rummenigge considers himself one of James’ biggest fans and he truly believes that the player has everything to become the club’s best player.
During a football and business congress celebrated in the city of Dusseldorf, the Bayern Munich chairman was questioned about the club’s final decision to not let James Rodriguez leave despite the several offers from clubs like Juventus, Chelsea FC, Manchester United, and even Real Madrid.
Rummenigge didn’t even flinch when he responded that the player will stay and the club simply doesn’t care about letting him leave, he also said one of the biggest truths in today’s football about James Rodriguez’s left foot.
“James Rodriguez will remain as a Bayern Munich player, this is the best decision for both him and the club,” said the chairman via ESPN.
“I have to recognize that I am one of his biggest fans. He is a great player and he may have the best left foot in the Bundesliga.”
“I really believe that we all wish to see James more often on the pitch, but that decision is for the manager to make. But I do have to be honest when I say that I love that player.”
‘James tiene la mejor zurda de toda la Bundesliga’: Rummenigge
— Futbolred.com (@futbolred) January 31, 2019
After this statement, the media was eager to know what manager Niko Kovac would have to say about his chairman’s beliefs on James, this was a clear message directly from the board of directors and the Croatian boss needed to respond.
Far from avoiding the topic as he was pressed about it earlier on Thursday, Kovac made a massive revelation about James Rodriguez’s discipline on the training grounds.
“The thing with James Rodriguez is that my decision to not play hi is solely based on what I see on the pitch during practice.”
“James is a truly great guy but only the players who practice better are the ones who play. We will play a game in the middle of next week, this will give every single player an opportunity to play and this obviously includes James Rodriguez.”
Now that James has heard about the manager’s thoughts on his training efforts, this might be taken as a message that could motivate him to improve during practice and finally earn his spot on the starting eleven on a weekly basis.
Rummenigge, sobre el futuro de James: "Lo digo abierta y honestamente, me gusta mucho, soy su fan, pero aún hay tiempo y tenemos que tomar la mejor decisión para él y para nosotros" pic.twitter.com/33lo68XuIB
— Bayern Latino (@BayernLat) January 31, 2019
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