The Colombia international, 25, had been linked with a move away from the Champions League winners since the start of the summer failing to notch a starting spot in a crowded midfield. Rodriguez will now be reunited with his former coach at Bayern who here thrived under.
— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) July 11, 2017
Manchester United was reported to be keen on James but Bayern has swooped in to secure his services until June 2019. The Bavarian giants have reportedly sold Douglas Costa to Juventus and have now replaced him with a two-time Champions League winner who scored 36 goals, 41 assists in 111 appearances.
“We are very happy that we were able to secure this transfer. The commitment of James Rodriguez was the great wish of our coach, Carlo Ancelotti, after both had already successfully worked together in Madrid,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Rodriguez’s new teammates are overjoyed at the arrival of the star playmaker as they took to their social media:
Welcome in Munich, @jamesdrodriguez! 🇨🇴
— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) July 11, 2017
— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) July 11, 2017