Bayern Munich signs James Rodriguez on Loan from Real Madrid

Bayern Munich signs  James Rodriguez on Loan from Real Madrid
Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid star James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal with the option to buy.

The 25-year-old, who signed a six-year contract at Real when he joined from Monaco for £71m in July 2014, made just 22 appearances in La Liga last season.

James had been heavily linked with a summer move to both Chelsea and Manchester United.

“Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer.”

The Colombia captain was the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup and was signed by Ancelotti during the Italian’s two-year spell as Real manager.

However, the young talented midfielder found his playing time limited under Zinedine Zidane.

James made 111 competitive appearances for Real, scoring 36 goals and providing 41 assists, but was left out of the 18-man squad that beat Juventus in the Champions League final last season.

Rodriguez has been included in the squad that will travel to China and Singapore on Sunday for a 12-day tour by Bayern, who have won the last five Bundesliga titles.

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