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Jupp Heynckes reportedly makes brutal decision on James Rodriguez at Bayern

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Safe to say it's been a miserable season for James Rodriguez at Bayern Munich so far.

Having joined from Real Madrid on a two-season loan over the summer, it was expected the Colombian would reignite his floundering career in Bavaria.

But that's been far from the case.

Seven games into the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign and Rodriguez has only started once, making two further appearances from the bench.

He recorded one goal and one assist in those 107 minutes' worth of action, but that wasn't enough to win the trust of Carlo Ancelotti, who incidentally got sacked recently.

So, what now for Rodriguez? There were rumours that he was so unhappy with life at the Allianz Arena that he wanted to end his loan deal.

But according to newly-appointed manager Jupp Heynckes, he's a fan of the Colombia international and wants to support him.

"James Rodriguez doesn't speak German," said Heynckes, per ESPN. "German football is very different to football in South America. It is a very difficult situation for a young player.

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"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 claims he's willing to give Rodriguez a chance, but Spanish outlet Sport reckon he hasn't been completely honest about his decision on the attacking midfielder.

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Sport believe Heynckes "is not counting" on Rodriguez this season and has "disregarded" him from his plans going forward.

What this means for Rodriguez is that if he stays at Bayern he will be in limbo until the end of the season, at which point a new manager may be brought in to decide his fate.

A return to Real seems most likely, but beyond that, it's impossible to tell who the talented 26-year-old will be playing for next term.

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