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5 Jun 2019
10:40 am

Bayern won’t exercise James option: Rummenigge


Bayern Munich will not exercise their option to buy James Rodriguez because the player does not want to stay at the German champions, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich's Colombian James Rodriguez reacts after scoring his third goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v FSV Mainz 05 in Munich, southern Germany on March 17, 2019. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) / RESTRICTIONS: DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO

The 27-year-old Colombian midfielder arrived on loan in 2017 from Real Madrid and Bayern have the option to buy him.

“The decision was taken because he came to see me before the end of the season to ask me not to take up the option,” Rummenigge, Bayern’s chairman, told German media.

“Exercising the option against his will would have made no sense,” said Rummenigge. “You shouldn’t sign a player for 42 million euros, with a corresponding salary, if you can’t offer him a starting place on the team.”

“Here he has no guarantee,” said Rummenigge. “Personally, I regret it”.

Rummenigge, a former German international striker, said he was a “fan” adding that James “is a player of great qualities.”

In 67 matches with Munich, James scored 15 goals and provided 20 assists. Sometimes brilliant, he has also often been out of favour this season under Niko Kovac.

He appears to have no future at Real Madrid. He has been linked with a move to Napoli, where he would be reunited with coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was manager when James arrived at Bayern in July 2017, but was sacked before the end of September.

Rummenigge ruled out buying James just to make an immediate profit selling him.

“It wouldn’t be fair to Real and it’s not the kind of thing FC Bayern do. We do not traffic human beings.”


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