Real Madrid Enact Clever Contract Ploy Ahead of Misfit’s Shock Bayern Munich Loan

?Real Madrid cleverly extended James Rodriguez’s contract at the club before sanctioning a two-year loan spell at German giants Bayern Munich.

The Los Blancos misfit penned a 12-month contract extension, writes Spanish news publication ?Marca, to his current deal ahead of jetting off to Bavaria to link up with former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti once more at the Bundesliga champions.

Fans may have been wondering why such a ploy was needed, but Real have merely acted to cover their bases ahead of potentially losing James for a smaller fee upon his return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

FC Bayern Muenchen Unveils New Signing James Rodriguez

The 26-year-old would have entered the final 12 months of his contract when his loan spell with Bayern ends following the culmination of the 2018/19 season, and Real were at risk of being unable to negotiate a higher fee for his services as a result.

In a pre-emptive strike, the Spanish champions decided to add an additional year to James’ deal – a contract which will now run until the summer of 2020 – and give them the initiative in any potential transfer discussions with other interested parties upon the playmaker heading back to the Spanish capital.

All of this is unlikely to matter, however, if Bayern opt to invoke James’ €60m (£52.8m) purchase clause that is part of the deal to bring him to Germany at any point during his loan, but Real will have wanted to make the most of any situation in the event of Bayern deciding against making his move a permanent one.

Bayern are also set to pay James a reported €10m (£8.8m) a season – the Colombia international’s salary at Real – for the duration of his stay too.

James had been linked with a variety of top European sides including Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain before his shock switch to Germany on Tuesday.

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The 5 Teams That Hit the Woodwork the Most Last Season in Europe

Hitting the post or the bar can be extremely frustrating and the fans of the following five clubs know that more than most, with their respective sides leading Europe with the amount of times they struck the woodwork last season, as per Squawka.

However, there does seem to be a correlation between hitting the woodwork and having a successful season…

5. Real Madrid

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Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 22 

With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in their side, it’s no wonder that Real Madrid consistently hit the woodwork (as well as the back of the net) last season with amount of attacking talent they possess. Despite the close misses, the La Liga giants romped to a league and Champions League double. 

4. Roma


Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 22

The Serie A runners-up were one of the most-trigger happy teams in Italy last season and ended up with the second most amount of goals scored, even outscoring champions Juventus. The team from the capital had a lethal attack consisting of the likes of Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah, both of whom were eager to shoot at any opportunity. 

3. Tottenham Hotspur


Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 22

Spurs narrowly missed out on the title last season, succumbing to the ever-consistent Chelsea who emerged as Premier League winners. Had Mauricio Pochettino’s side seen some of their 22 efforts which hit the frame of the goal, nestle in the back of the net instead, it could have been a different story for the North London club.

2. Barcelona


Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 24

With arguably the best attack in world football, it is not that surprising that Barcelona feature on this list as the triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar naturally shoot whenever possible. According to the Catalan club’s high standards it was a below-par season, they nonetheless picked up the Copa del Rey.

1. Bayern Munich


Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 28

Leading the quintet is Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who, in addition to striking the woodwork 28 times in the league last year, scored a total of 89 goals, seventeen more than anyone else in the league. Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti is unlikely to be too concerned with this number…


Juventus Officially Unveil Douglas Costa as Latest Signing on 1-Year Loan Deal With Option to Buy

?Juventus have officially confirmed the signing of Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa on a season-long loan deal with an option for a permanent transfer next summer for a fee in the region of €40m. 

After documenting his arrival in Italy on Tuesday, Juve have now unveiled Costa as their latest addition to their squad on their? website as they look to continue their domination in the Serie A next season. 

The midfielder who possess the ability to effectively use both feet has made the move to Turin after a lack of game time at Bayern forced the 26-year-old to re-evaluate his future. 

Costa made 77 appearances for the Bundesliga side in two seasons, netting 14 goals in that time and the German side have already secured a replacement for the 26-year-old after announcing a two-year loan deal with Real Madrid for James Rodriguez.

A statement released by Juventus said: “Juventus Football Club announces that it has finalised the agreement with FC Bayern München for the temporary, until June 30, 2018 acquisition of the right to sporting athlete of Douglas Costa de Souza for a fee of €6m.

“The contract also provides Juventus faculty to exercise, by June 30, 2018, the right of option for the final acquisition of the player for a consideration of €40m payable in two financial years. 

“Upon the occurrence of certain conditions during the duration of the sports performance contract with the footballer, Bayern may pay an additional fee of €1m.”




VIDEO: Bayern CEO Confirms There’s ‘No Problem’ With Lewandowski Despite Losing Top Scorer Race

It was reported that Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski was angry with his teammates in Bavaria after missing out on the opportunity to win the Torjägerkanone, a trophy given to the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga.

Lewandowski notched 30 Bundesliga goals last season and would have won the trophy had Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not scored a brace on the final day to win the trophy for himself. No-one has scored more that 30 goals in the Bundesliga since FC Köln star Dieter Müller managed a tally of 34 during the 1976/77 season.

Bayern Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisted, rather unconvincingly, that there was “no problem” with Lewandowski after speaking to the Polish strikers’ agent, according to ?TZ reports. 

“He said that Robert felt he had no support from his teammates in becoming Bundesliga top scorer during last league game against Freiburg,” explained Rummenigge. “I said Robert had a few chances himself, which his team-mates did create for him.”

??The 28-year-old will fancy his chances at getting his hands on the Torjägerkanone next season, as speculation over Aubameyang’s future continues to grow. Köln striker Anthony Modeste has also been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga after scoring 25 league goals last season, leaving just RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner as the most likely person to challenge Lewandowski outside of Munich. 




Bayern Munich Confirm James Rodriguez Is Set to Don the Number 11 Shirt Next Season

James Rodriguez has officially ?sealed his two-year loan move from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich – with an option to buy – after completing his compulsory medical check and is set to step into the number 11 shirt left by the club’s recent departure, Douglas Costa. 

The newly turned 26-year-old has exchanged his number 10 at the Bernabeu for number 11 as he looks to re-ignite his career at the Wanda Metropolitan.

Rodriguez is inheriting a number formally worn at Bayern by the likes of Ivica Oli?, Lukas Podolski, Stefan Effenberg, Marcel Witeczek, Zé Roberto and Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri. 

He will be hoping to live up to the heights of the number 11 shirt and those of which the Bayern faithful have set, as the midfielder’s career never quite reached the heights expected of him following his move from Monaco to Real Madrid after a scintillating World Cup campaign in 2014.

After being greeted upon arrival in Munich by an airport staffer decked out in Lederhosen, Rodriguez officially completed his move to the German giants.

Speaking to ?FC Bayern’s website following his medical check, Rodriguez said: “I will give everything to win the title.

“I’m very happy and looking forward to being at a huge club and in a great team. Everyone knows what FC Bayern stands for and what the club is about.” 

When asked if he is looking forward to the new challenge awaiting him in Germany, he added: “It’s a new culture, a new club, a new life. But I’m really fired up, I’m dreaming big, and I’m hoping for great success here.”