James leaves Bayern

James Rodriguez is to leave Bayern Munich at the end of his two-year loan deal on 30 June 2019, the Bundesliga champions have announced.

The 27-year-old had asked the club’s management not to take up the purchase option agreed with Real Madrid. It’s an interesting decision from the Colombian international, given he was sent on loan to the record German champions by current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thanks James for his two years at the Allianz Arena, telling the club’s official website:

“On behalf of FC Bayern München, I’d like to thank James for two successful years at the club. We’ve won the German league title and the DFB Cup twice with him. Beyond that, we reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with him. James made an important contribution to all these successes,. We wish James all the best in the future.”

The attacking midfielder’s departing words were to thank the club and their fans:

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the whole club and all the fans who have always given us tremendous support. I had two unforgettable years in Munich and I always really felt at home here. I will have great memories and I wish FC Bayern all the best in the future.”

James Rodriguez made 67 appearances in all competitions for Bayern Munich, scoring 15 goals and providing 20 assists.

The Colombian international moved to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium from AS Monaco following the 2014 World Cup where he was the Golden Boot winner.