Real Madrid have a busy summer ahead after a mediocre season but their work might become much easier when players themselves are interested in a move.
Real Madrid are a club waiting for the season to end.It has been an underwhelming 2018/19 season for the Royal Whites under Lopetegui and now Solari. Florentino Perez would have to get his cheque book out to sort out a few issues. However, the club have been handed a boost after a Bayern Munich superstar accepts that he would want to join the European Champions.
“I keep in touch with some Real Madrid players”
Former Real Madrid attacker, James Rodriguez, has hinted that he might return to the Spanish capital. While James insists his focus is on Bayern’s objectives this term, he concedes Spain is still very much his home. “I have to think hard about what I’m doing [in terms of my future],” he told Cadena SER’s El Larguero. “In Madrid, I have everything: my house, people who love me.”
“We will have to see what happens, but at the moment I have a contract with Bayern Munich. I just want to finish the season and we’ll see what happens. I keep in touch with some Real Madrid players.” Asked whether he missed the city, James candidly said, “The truth is yes.”
James has previously spoken about his relationship with the Bayern manager, Niko Kovac. “We are both professionals, it’s a normal relationship between player and coach. Until then there are still four months left and I’m only thinking of Bayern at the moment.”
James’ father on his future
James Rodriguez’s father has said joining Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus would be “a good decision”. He told Sport Bild: “He has many offers. He is a good friend of Cristiano. The way I perceive Italian football right now, moving to [Juventus] would be a good decision.”
A lack of playing time under head coach Niko Kovac means Bayern are unlikely to take up their option of a permanent signing. However, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said recently, “I come out as a big fan of him, we all know in the club what he has qualities. It is crucial that it is the best decision for him and for us.”
Despite his struggles in Germany this season, James has a unique, and very different, set of traits. The 27-year-old remains both a creative presence and a goal scoring threat when on the pitch for Bayern. He has touched the ball in the opposition’s box an average of 5.72 times per 90 so far this season. The player has been restricted to just five starts in the Bundesliga, and only two in the Champions League. He has made a further four appearances from the bench in all competitions but clearly has no intention of continuing as a bit part player. A move back to Real is definitely on the cards but clearly, there are other big teams in Europe who are interested in his signature.