Bayern Midfielder James Rodriguez ‘Will Return’ to Real Madrid to Rejuvenate Faltering Career

?James Rodriguez is said to be vying for a return to Real Madrid to rejuvenate his faltering career in the Spanish capital.

The Colombian joined Bayern Munich at the start of the 2017/18 season on a two year loan deal which cost an estimated £12m. That loan deal also included an option for Bayern to make the move permanent for a further £37m.

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After a difficult start to the 2018/19 campaign, reports have suggested that ??Rodriguez could be looking for a? way out of Bayern and now more fuel has been added to the fire.

Speaking on the television programme ‘El Chiringuito’, as per ?Sport, Colombian journalist Gatti has claimed that he has spoken to ?Rodriguez personally about his current situation.

Gatti claimed that Rodriguez’s desire is to move back to his parent club and the journalist insisted that Rodriguez explicitly told him: “I’m going to return to ?Real Madrid.”

Although Gatti refused to speculate on exactly when Rodriguez would return to Real Madrid, it is more than likely he would remain with ?Bayern until the end of the season.

Rodriguez himself has previously suggested that he would be happy to stay with Bayern, but only if he is granted enough minutes on the pitch.

“If I have to go because I am not playing then I will go. You know that I want to stay because I feel the love of the fans and all the Bayern family,” Rodriguez said, as quoted by ?Marca.

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So far this season, Rodriguez has made just 11 appearances in all competitions and is currently watching from the sidelines after picking up a knee ligament injury.


Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday

Ajax welcome Bayern Munich to the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday night when Group E’s top two sides will battle it out for the right to progress as group winners.?

Bayern currently have a two point cushion over their Dutch counterparts heading into the final matchday, but know that a loss would result in a second-placed finish – potentially meaning a tougher draw in the last-16 of the competition.  Both sides will be gunning for victory as they will want to avoid the likes of ?Barcelona, ?Real Madrid and Man City who have all confirmed their place as group winners.

Here’s a look at how Bayern could potentially line-up.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Manuel Neuer (GK) – The giant German, standing at 6ft 4, is still regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers despite not quite being the gloveman he was once. 

Joshua Kimmich (RB) – The young German is a real utility player having been recently deployed in central midfield at the weekend. However, he is expected to return to right-back for this encounter.

Niklas Sule (CB) – The ex-Hoffenheim man has been a revelation since his move to Bavaria. He has managed to displace the partnership formed between Boateng and Hummels and has now arguably established himself as the number one central defender at the club.

Jerome Boateng (CB) – Boateng brings huge experience to the side, having been at the club seven years since his move from Manchester City. He is capable of making errors but is generally a monster at the back.

David Alaba (LB) – Similar to Kimmich, Alaba is a player with so much quality that he too has been deployed in midfield during his time at Bayern. The Austrian has a wicked left foot, especially at dead-ball situation. 

2. Midfielders

Javi Martinez (DM) – The Spaniard proved a really good bit of business since signing from Athletic Bilbao for €40m, he provides cover for the back four brilliantly and looks to feed Bayern’s attacking talent.

Thiago (CM) – Another Spanish international will line-up in midfield and the ex-Barcelona man is a typical Munich midfielder. Very good on the ball and can create chances for Lewandowski from deep. 

Thomas Muller (CM) – The 29-year-old has been with the club since he was 11, yet his best position is still up for debate. He is now used in an attacking midfield role and is still finding the back of the net, doing so four times this season.

3. Fowards

Kingsley Coman (RW) – One of the most impressive CV’s in the world of football, despite being aged just 22. The Frenchman has incredibly already won the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 and will be looking to add a Champions League medal to his impressive collection.

Robert Lewandowski (ST) – One of the deadliest strikers on the planet, Lewandowski has been at it again this season. The Pole has already bagged nine goals in the Bundesliga as well as scoring six goals in five games during the current Champions League campaign.

Serge Gnabry (LW) – Arsenal will regret letting the German winger leave as he has flourished since his move back to the Bundesliga. His impressive performances persuaded Bayern to sign him and he hasn’t looked back since, recently being called up to the national side. 


Arjen Robben Hints at Retirement Should ‘Ideal Offer’ Not Arrive Following Bayern Munich Departure

?Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has hinted that he could call time on his career altogether should the ‘ideal offer’ fail to materialise once he leaves the Bavarian club at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old recently revealed he’s set to leave Die Roten at the end of the campaign, bringing to an end his ‘ten beautiful years’ with the club that has seen him win seven Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal’s and the UEFA Champions League.

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While the Dutchman hopes to continue his career away from the Allianz Arena once the current season concludes, the winger hasn’t ruled out the possibility of retiring from the sport.

Speaking to ?Kicker, he said: “Maybe I’ll stop completely. When an offer comes, of which I am 100 per cent convinced and say ‘that’s something nice, I want to do that’, then I continue playing.

“If the ideal offer does not come, then it can be over. “

During the interview with the German publication, Robben, who has scored five goals in 15 appearances this season, also revealed how he felt the moment was right to inform those connected with ?Bayern about his immanent departure.

He added: “It’s a big step, of course, you do not decide that in one day, just like that. The fact that it’s so solid now feels good, especially to the fans and the club [that it’s the] right time.

“Of course I could have said, yes, I’ll wait again, but it’s good that there is nothing better than being able to leave as I do. There is clarity for all sides and so the last few months will be a very special time again.”

One club that Robben has been linked with is his boyhood club FC Groningen, although he’s refused to ‘promise anything’ at this stage.

He concluded: “I said earlier that I can not promise anything for a return. If you promise something, you have to keep [your promise]. Everything is open.”


Bayern Munich Forward Kingsley Coman Says He Would Rather Retire Than Face Another Operation

Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman has opened up on a tough personal year, saying he would rather give up football altogether than undergo another operation to amend his persistent injury issues. 

The France international has managed just one start this season, missing nearly three months of action after the foot injury that previously kept him out from February until May resurfaced, and has already undergone two major operations at just 22. 

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He returned to action in the ?Bundesliga recently, with appearances in ?Bayern’s last two fixtures against Werder Bremen and Nuremberg, but as quoted by ?TF1, Coman said that if he faced another long-term absence, he would consider calling it a day on his playing career. 

“It was a very difficult year, and when I hurt myself, it was the end of the world for me, I had really put everything in order in my life,” he said.

“I hope I don’t have to relive what I’ve been through, enough is enough. I will not accept a third operation – it will mean maybe my foot is not made for this level.

“I will then lead another life, an anonymous life.”

His injury issues, while keeping him out of club action for most of the year, also led to him missing out on the France squad that would go on to win the World Cup in Russia in the summer. 

Coman says he was content to watch on as a fan – but he has ambitions of making the next World Cup for his country. 

“I lived the World Cup as a fan, and I thought, that’s part of life,” he added. 

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“I hope I still have the opportunity to play one, yes it’s definitely a goal to play one, I’m still young, I hope to play one or two, Every football player dreams of playing one. From the moment I get back in shape, it will always be in my vision to be in France team.”


Joachim Low Confirms Manuel Neuer Will Be First Choice Germany Goalkeeper Until Euro 2020

?Germany Manager Joachim Low has confirmed that Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will keep his place as first choice shot stopper in the side until Euro 2020.

The national team have endured a torrid end to 2018. Disappointing performances saw Germany crash out of the World Cup, whilst they also suffered relegation from the UEFA Nations League. Many have suggested that the team must rebuild, calling for Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen to be given a chance to impress.

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Low was asked by ZDF about the possibility of ?ter Stegen replacing ?Neuer, but insisted the ?Bayern goalkeeper will retain his place in the side. He is quoted by German outlet ?RP Online as saying: “[Ter Stegen] will certainly get his chance in the next year in games, he is on a very, very good level, has played outstanding.

“[But Neuer] is our captain and incredibly important to our players and the team, I do not want to detract from Marc’s performance, but Manu will be number one by 2020.”

Similar to Germany’s struggles, Bayern have also endured a tumultuous start to the season. Several poor performances have seen the pressure increase on manager Niko Kovac, and Neuer has been one of many players who have struggled greatly.

He has conceded 18 goals in 14 league matches, and many have suggested that he is still feeling the effects of the foot injury which saw him miss 37 games for Bayern.

As a result, many have called for ?Barcelona‘s ter Stegen to be given a chance to impress for his country. He enjoyed an extended run in the starting lineup as Neuer was recovering from his foot injury. but returned to the substitutes bench once Neuer returned to fitness.

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Following Euro 2016, Germany did not lose a match with ter Stegen in the team, but they tasted defeat on Neuer’s return to the side – a 2-1 loss to Austria shortly before this summer’s World Cup.

Neuer led the side during their World Cup and Nations League struggles, and seems set to retain his place in the team for the foreseeable future.