Bayern Munich have entered the race to sign Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez, according to reports.
James joined Real Madrid following an impressive World Cup 2014 campaign with his national team, and enjoyed a successful spell during his first two seasons with the La Liga outfit, under the management of Carlo Ancelotti.
However, his career went completely downhill since the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new Los Blancos boss, and the Colombian currently finds himself stuck down the pecking order, and out of his manager’s favour. And having started only 11 games in all competitions for Real Madrid so far this campaign, James is more than desperate to move away from the Spanish capital.
Rodriguez has been linked with a move away from the club for quite some time now, with the Premier League rumoured to be his most likely destination. But now, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have reportedly joined the pursuit for the playmaker’s signature, thereby becoming the favourites in the race.
Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti intends to find a replacement for the retiring Xabi Alonso, and is therefore eyeing a reunion with James. The Italian believes the 26-year-old will revive his career and return to his best after moving to Germany.
Ancelotti was full of praise for James when he left Real Madrid for Bavaria, as he was quoted as saying: “James is a top player. I was very surprised by his level, he has incredible talent.”
Rodriguez too, had positive feedback for the manager under whom he made almost 50 league appearances between 2014-2016, as he replied: “Thank you for everything, in a very short time I learned a lot from you.”