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Bayern will not trigger their option to buy James Rodriguez

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Madrid will be the ones to sell the player, according to Kicker.

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Bayern Munich will not pick up their option to buy James Rodriguez from Real Madrid this summer, according to Kicker. James’ loan deal with the German club is expiring on June 15th and that means that the Colombian midfielder will return to the Spanish capital and quite possibly complete a part of Madrid’s pre-season stage until Los Blancos find a new club for him.

Bayern could’ve chosen to pay €42 million to sign the player and then sell him for a bigger fee, but Karl Heinz Rummenigge said that they don’t “traffic with people.” Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli appear to be interested in the player but Madrid could ultimately need to decrease his value in order to complete a deal, given that he is clearly not on Zidane’s plans.

James has always been a talented player who could’ve played meaningful minutes in both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but his lack of consistency has ultimately hurt his career and his chances of ever wearing the white jersey in an official game vanished as soon as Zidane returned to the club.