Colombian James Rodriguez has left Real Madrid joining Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on a loan deal for two years.
On Tuesday, the announcement was made by Bayern a day before the Colombian’s 26th birthday.
In a statement that accompanied the announcement on the club’s official website, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge the chief at Bayern said the club was excited to announce the completion of the transfer for Rodriguez.
He added that the signing of Rodriquez was manager Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish of the offseason. James is very versatile, a goal scorer, one who sets up goals and is excellent from set pieces.
The deal on the surface appears to be quite a bargain for the German side, while others spoke of how much more strength in club depth Rodriguez brings to Bayern.
Rodriguez signed with Real Madrid in 2014 after he starred for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
His impact was immediate putting together a great first campaign for Los Blancos.
However, an injury he suffered while playing for Colombia during the 2015-16 season left him behind others and he never was able to recover.
When Zinedine Zidane became manager replacing Rafa Benitez, Rodriguez had fallen down the order and the new manager never completely trusted him.
Rumors of a transfer intensified toward season’s end in early 2016 , and that did not change during all of the 2016-17 campaign.
Not helping matters was the emergence of young talent Marco Asensio and the improved form of both Lucas Vazquez and Isco.
Rodriguez was not even on the bench for the club’s final match in the UEFA Champions League versus Juventus.
While the recent campaigns might have been somewhat disappointing for Rodriguez, he is a special talent that is capable of doing incredible things with and without the ball and contributed much while playing for the Spanish side.
In his last three campaigns, Rodriguez scored a total of 28 goals while handing out 27 assists in La Liga action the topflight league in Spain, which is more than any other midfielder on the club during the same period.
With the transfer ban lifted for Real Madrid and the Colombian finding it hard to win match time that he would have elsewhere, the deal was good sense for both Zidane and the Colombian.
Contrary to speculation that was rampant across Europe, Rodriguez was never a target of Chelsea or Manchester United.