Earlier today, the rumors began circulating as many Madridistas expected the usual conclusion: A few days of yet another club wanted James Rodriguez before it either eventually dies down or ends up in a massive transfer. None of that happened.
Only a few hours later, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich announced that the Colombian midfielder has joined the Bavarians on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy. Let’s add more fuel to the fire here; according to reports Bayern will pay Los Blancos 10 Million Euros for the loan and have the option to purchase the player for a further 35 Million Euros.
Real Madrid C. F. and Bayern Munich have agreed to the loan of the player James Rodríguez for the next two seasons, pending the relevant medical check-up.
Bayern Munich reserves the right to purchase the player at the end of the loan period
-Real Madrid’s official website
To keep it simple, Real Madrid have directly strengthened a massive European opponent while getting practically nothing in return.
Either way, I have to admit that I am happy this move happened for James Rodriguez. The Colombian was clearly unhappy at the Spanish capital and wanted more playing time which is something that Zinedine Zidane was not able to offer him. Therefore, his move to Germany could help him develop even more as we all know that James is definitely too good to be sitting on any bench.
Having said that, I think that it’s safe to say that we were definitely not the ones in control on the negotiation table and we have lost. Selling Jame was not the problem, it’s the opponent that he was sold to as well as the ridiculously low fee involved. Well done there, Bayern!
In the end, all we can say is goodbye to a player who has helped us many times and wish him all the best in his future career. He simply wasn’t meant to stay at the club and deserves this opportunity to shine elsewhere.