The James Rodriguez who starred at the 2014 World Cup has become a distant memory in recent seasons.
The Colombia international earned a dream move to Real Madrid on the back of a hugely impressive tournament in Brazil, where he led his country to their first quarter-final appearance.
Not that a price tag is ever a true indication of ability, James appeared to be a potential star after completing his £71 million switch from Monaco to the Spanish capital.
But the 26-year-old has never reached the heights expected of a World Cup Golden Boot winner, and perhaps even regressed since making his name on the biggest stage of all.
Fed up with his inconsistent form and niggling injuries, Madrid decided to loan James to Bayern on a two-year deal until the summer of 2019.
While his parent club may have slashed a decent chunk out of their wage bill, the former Porto star has continued to struggle in his surroundings.
In fact, reports claim he’s wanting to end his spell in Bavaria more than 18 months ahead of time.
The sacking of Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be a telling factor behind James’ woes considering he saw his reunion with the Italian as an opportunity to rekindle his career.
So far, though, the struggling Colombian has made just five appearances during the 2017-18 campaign in what has merely served as an extension of his nightmare in Madrid.
James’ new boss – Jupp Heynckes – was asked for his thoughts on the midfielder during his fourth unveiling as Bayern manager.
“James Rodriguez doesn't speak German. German football is very different to football in South America. It is a very difficult situation for a young player,” Heynckes said, per ESPN.
"However, he should know that he can count on my support and my help because I like technically gifted players. And I believe he has a lot of talent.
"I've seen his games for Real Madrid but I don't know him personally. When they come back [from the international break], I'm going to talk with them a lot and give them some advice.”
Heynckes has three other native Spanish-speaking players in his squad, so at least he shouldn’t have any trouble translating his first conversation with James.
Well, it’s safe to say Bayern probably aren’t considering the option of signing James on a permanent basis in 2019 as per his contract.