James opts for Bayern switch

11 July 2017 08:16:08 EST

Bayern Munich have won the race in-demand Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez, who had also been a target for several clubs in England.

The 25-year-old Colombia international has moved to the Allianz Arena on a two-year loan deal, with an option in place to make the transfer permanent if both club and player are happy.

There is no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Rodriguez had joined Real in the summer of 2014, having impressed at the World Cup finals in Brazil, where he scored six goals in five games to claim the tournament Golden Boot.

However, he struggled to gain regular starts at the Bernabeu, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all amongst the Real options.

Now he had opted to move on from the Spanish capital and work once again with Real head coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is now in charge of Bayern.

And Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is pleased that the deal has been completed, telling the club's official website: "We are delighted we have been able to complete this transfer.

"Signing James Rodríguez was coach Carlo Ancelotti's biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.

"James is a very versatile player. He's a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he's great from set-pieces. There is no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team."

Bayern claimed a record 27th German league title last season, but lost out 6-3 on aggregate to real in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Die Roten are 1/16 to retain their Bundesliga crown next season, while they can be backed at 8/1 to win the Champions League for the sixth time in their history.

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