Niko Kovac, the new man in charge at the Allianz Arena, has reiterated that the Colombian playmaker will be honouring a two-year loan agreement
Bayern Munich have reiterated that they have no intention of cutting a two-year loan for James Rodriguez short and allowing him to return to Real Madrid.
The Blancos deemed the Colombia international to be surplus to requirements in the summer of 2017 as they sanctioned a switch to Germany which includes a purchase option in 2019.
They have seen the 27-year-old flourish at the Allianz Arena, sparking talk that those at the Santiago Bernabeu are keen to bring him back to Spain.
Bayern, though, are committed to an initial agreement, which could see them sign the South American for €42 million (£38m/$49m) next summer, and have made it clear that Real would be wasting their time in any effort to renegotiate.
Niko Kovac, the new man in charge of the Bundesliga champions, told reporters when asked again about James’ future: “I only know that we have a loan deal which is valid.
“It will only end if we take the option and he stays permanent – or it won’t end at all. So at the moment it looks like he’ll stay.
“There are always many rumours in the media.”
James made a relatively slow start to his debut campaign at Bayern, as he adjusted to new surroundings.
He was, however, to play his way into form and ended the season with eight goals and 13 assists across Bundesliga and Champions League competition.
More of the same is expected in 2018-19, with James set to return to domestic action on the back of a frustrating World Cup which saw his tournament ended by injury.
He has regularly stated his happiness in Germany and told reporters prior to heading out to Russia with his country that it was his preference to remain with Bayern.
“It’s a good league here in Germany, the stadiums are full. I came here with a different perception,” said James.
“I’m fine, I hope I stay here. I feel very good.”