Bayern Set to Retain James Rodriguez

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is sure that James Rodriguez will be a Bayern Munich player next season, with reports stating that the club will activate their €42 million (£36m/$47m) purchase option to sign the playmaker.

The Colombia star arrived on loan from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 and has enjoyed an up-and-down time with the Bundesliga champions.

A bright debut season saw him score seven goals and add 11 assists in 25 league games, but the 2018-19 campaign has seen him make less of a significant impact.

Under Niko Kovac, James has scored three goals and contributed three assists in 15 league games this term, and added a single assist in four Champions League matches.

And Rummenigge voiced his support for the player, indicating that he expects the midfielder will remain at Bayern heading into the 2019-20 campaign.

“I strongly believe that he will play for FC Bayern next season,” he told Münchner Abendzeitung.

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