German football journalist Raphael Honigstein has insisted James Rodriguez will see out the remainder of his two-year loan at Bayern Munich, while labelling a recent rumour linking him with a move to Arsenal as a ‘crazy story’.
The 27-year-old has entered the final six months of a two-year loan deal with the Bavarian club, having joined from parent club Real Madrid in 2017, with the Colombia international scoring 11 goals and providing 16 assists during his time at the Allianz Arena.
With the midfielder’s future somewhat uncertain, Arsenal have been linked with a move for 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner on loan, although Honigstein is adamant he won’t be moving to the Emirates this season.
Speaking on The Gooner Talk, as quoted by The Express, he said: “I don’t quite know where the story comes from. James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan at Bayern at the moment, he’s approaching the last six months of that loan.
“Bayern have paid €10-12m for those years and they have an option to make the move permanent by paying €42m. I don’t see what Bayern would gain now from breaking the loan short and giving him to Arsenal for half a year, I don’t even know how you would structure that.
“If the player says he doesn’t want to stay here, then he goes back to Real Madrid and they can decide what they want to do. He would now somehow be released three quarters into a two-year loan just when Bayern don’t have Thomas Muller for the next two Champions League games.
“It’s just a crazy story, I just don’t even understand who even had the imagination to come up with it.”
James Rodriguez recently impressed for Bayern, who have been linked with signing the midfielder permanently, as they returned to Bundesliga action with a 3-1 win against Hoffenheim, with current boss, Niko Kovac, calling for him to ‘play for his future’ at Die Roten.
Kovac said: “The competition is very big, but anyone can earn [their place]. All the players signing a contract here know that you can be out of the team.
That’s the kind of brilliance you get from James Rodriguez. No way Bayern Munich are letting him leave for Arsenal or anyone else. #TSGFCB
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) January 18, 2019
“James is playing for his future. I expect him to keep pushing. I see that he is motivated and focused, he wants to play more than in the past. As a coach, I can only rate what I see on the pitch, which is the standard for him, but also for everyone else. Nothing else matters.”