James: No Madrid return yet

James Rodriguez has no plans to return to Real Madrid just yet and is set to see out his two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich.

The Colombian feels it would not be morally justified for him to leave the Bavarians at this stage, particularly as the club and its fans have welcomed him with open arms since the loan agreement was reached with his parent club in July last year.

Bayern paid Madrid €13m for the services of the attacking midfielder with the Spanish club retaining an option to buy the player back.

Speculation over James’ return to the Santiago Bernabeu intensified recently when new Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui told him he would love to have him in his squad for the 2018-19 campaign.

Nonetheless, the former Porto and Monaco man has regained the confidence he lost in the Spanish capital and feels he should remain with the Bundesliga giants, at least until his loan spell expires at the end of next season.

“So far I am still with Bayern and I’m happy here because the club has shown a lot of affection, for both the people and the team,” said James, as quoted by Marca.

The 27-year-old completed a successful first season at the Allianz Arena, netting eight times in 40 appearances including a goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

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