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Three reasons why Real Madrid’s decision to send James on loan was a mistake

He should have never joined Bayern.

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Real Madrid sent James on a two-year loan deal to Bayern Munich and that move should undoubtedly be labeled as a major mistake. Here’s why.

  1. Bayern Munich will be competing with Madrid for the next couple of editions of the Champions League. Let’s face it: Bayern would never do such a move with Real Madrid. Yes, they sold Toni Kroos for just €25 million, but his contract was expiring. Bayern Munich should be considered Real Madrid’s most important arch-rival in European football and Madrid improved their roster without getting immediate compensation in the process. Just wow.
  2. James should have been sold, not sent on loan. Real Madrid reportedly wanted to fund the signing of Kylian Mbappe with James and Morata and it looks like Los Blancos won’t get a single cent out of those two players any time soon. James’ value dropped a lot over the last few seasons but there’s no way Madrid did not receive at least a €40 million offer for him. Even if Bayern are forced to pay €60 million two years from now —some reports say so but that has not been confirmed—, Real Madrid should have taken the money now.
  3. James proved he can play for Ancelotti. Again, you gave away this quality player to the coach he performed the best under. Ancelotti knew how to get the best out of James and he will coach him again. Madrid better be careful.

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