Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal.
The transfer, which could be made permanent in the summer of 2019, ends Rodriguez’ nightmare spell under Zinedine Zidane, who only used the 25-year-old 22 times in La Liga last season.
Upon the confirmation of the deal, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.
“James is a very versatile player. He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”
The playmaker has been included in the Bayern squad that sets off on Sunday evening for the 12-day Audi Summer Tour to China and Singapore.