Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that the club will not rush a decision on the future of James Rodriguez.
The 2014 World Cup highlighted James as one of world football’s most exciting prospects and following the competition where he scored six goals – he was signed by Real Madrid from French side Monaco.
His first season with Los Blancos saw him feature in 47 games, netting 17 goals in the process but playing time became less and less following that impressive debut season.
A main feature on the Santiago Bernabeu bench, the Colombian was heavily linked with an exit; prompting the likes of Manchester United and even, Barcelona, to show interest.
A two-year loan deal to German side Bayern followed and the 26-year-old has re-found his form in the Bundesliga.
Bayern, who hold the right to complete a permanent move for the midfielder are open to the idea but Rummenigge has said they will be patient on the decision.
“It was Carlo Ancelotti’s idea to get him and I think that was a very good idea,” the CEO said, via the club’s Twitter account.
“He has developed really well, particularly under Jupp Heynckes. He has become a very important player for us, technically and strong, with a wonderful shot and a great free kick like we saw recently in Leverkusen.
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“We’re benefiting from his way of playing because he’s evolved into a playmaker.”
“He’s on loan with Bayern for two years,” Rumenigge added.
“And then we have the option to buy him out of his contract for €42m, if I’m not mistaken. Of course, that’s still a lot of money even if we saw some really crazy figures during the last transfer window.
“We will wait and see what happens and decide what to do. However, that won’t happen in 2018 because we have plenty of time to decide and the purchasing option won’t expire.”
Rodriguez has four goals in 25 appearances for Bayern and will represent his country at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Bayern sit comfortably top of the Bundesliga, whilst they are also doing well in the Champions League, beating Turkish side Besiktas last week.