James Rodriguez makes decision on future after Zidane and Ronaldo leave Real Madrid

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Seven goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga represented a decent return from James Rodriguez in his debut season at Bayern Munich.

Signed last summer on a two-year loan deal, the Colombian moved to Bavaria in a bid to reignite his flagging career and that's exactly what he did.

His three years at Real Madrid previously were frustrating to say the least, starting just 13 league games in the 2016/17 campaign.

For one reason or another, former manager Zinedine Zidane just didn't trust Rodriguez and rarely gave the 26-year-old the chance to change that.

But Jupp Heynckes did and that's why, back in March, Rodriguez insisted he was happy at Bayern and wanted to stay amid interest from the Premier League.

"At Bayern I'm fine, I'm good at Bayern," said Rodriguez in March. "In France (at Monaco) I was playing, now at Bayern I'm always playing.

"What the not-so-good moments gave me at ​Real Madrid, I think they helped me grow. With time you learn to be calmer. I always want to be good, but with the time you also learn to be calm."


Rodriguez will soon return to Bayern training following Colombia's exit in the last 16 to England on penalties at the World Cup.

However, according to Spanish publication Marca, there's been an almighty twist in Rodriguez's future.

With Zidane no longer Real's manager and Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for Juventus earlier this week, apparently Rodriguez is keen to return to Los Blancos this summer.

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New boss Julen Lopetegui is a huge fan of the Colombia star and is looking into whether it's possible to bring him back from loan a year early.

Bayern have the option to buy Rodriguez at the end of the two-year deal but it seems the absence of Zidane and Ronaldo has convinced him that now is the time to return.

Interesting. It makes sense that Rodriguez now wants to rejoin Real given all the problems he had with Zidane during his time at the club.

And with Ronaldo no longer the main man in Madrid, there's a chance for Rodriguez to fill that void and finally reach his potential.

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