Bayern Munich’s new coach Niko Kovac has done his best to end any rumours of a James Rodriguez return to Real Madrid this summer.
Reports in recent days have exploded in the media about a possible return of the player to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, yet the reality is that he still has a loan agreement with Bayern until the summer of 2019.
Speaking at a press conference prior to Bayern’s first friendly of the season this Saturday against Paris Saint-Germain, Kovac reinforced his position that the Colombian is in his plans for this upcoming season.
“In regards to James, I only know that we have a loan agreement, which is still valid,” he said.
“The deal will be seen through, and then we will see whether the purchase option will be paid or not.
“As of today, it is clear that James will stay at Bayern.”
The fact is that it was the hiring of Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid that raised the possible return of the midfielder.
The player is thought to be liked by the new Real Madrid coach, while this was not so much the case with Zinedine Zidane.
MARCA even revealed last week that Lopetegui got in touch with James to press Bayern in an effort to facilitate his return.
This, though, is an objective that, apparently and as confirmed now by Kovac himself, is impossible, even if the player would be open to the idea.
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