James in limbo after Bayern rejection
Posted: 16 November 2018 Time: 16:30
Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez's career is at a crossroads as Bayern Munich have decided not to exercise the option to sign him permanently.
After the Klassiker defeat against Borussia Dortmund last weekend, which left Bayern in fifth place, seven points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, the club's President claimed they will be looking towards a squad overall to renew the desire in the ageing squad.
And with Rodriguez potentially one of the highest paid players at the club, his position has become increasingly uncertain due to his lack of influence within the first-team squad.
According to German daily Kicker, Bayern has set aside €200m for a shake-up of the playing squad, making James’ purchase option of €42m a stumbling block to a permanent deal.
Neither the midfielder nor Real Madrid has any say in the matter: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently revealed that the decision is unilateral.
The Bayern CEO said last summer that the club were keen on signing James on a permanent basis and the player also expressed his desire to remain at the Allianz Arena but since the arrival of Niko Kovac as manager the situation has changed dramatically.
According to Bild, James also refused the hand of sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic after being confined to the bench for a Bundesliga game against Mainz.
Bild also reported that James reported late for the meet-up before the game against Dortmund, which the German daily stated was the reason for his place on the bench at the Westfalenstadion.
Furthermore, Kovac has apparently not been impressed with the Colombian’s work rate during pre-game warm-ups.