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- Updated: July 13, 2018
A report from Marca suggests that Bayern Munich star and Colombia international James Rodriguez is intent on a return to the Santiago Bernabeu although he is just halfway through his two-year loan spell at the Allianz Arena.
James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich last summer in a two-year-loan agreement worth €10m, and it is believed that the deal also provides the Bavarians with a reduced option to buy the Colombia international at the end of the loan spell.
James is now poised to return to Real Madrid with his decision apparently being ignited by the departure of Frenchman and former Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane from the Bernabeu.
The Colombia international was impressive in his first season with Bayern Munich and scored eight goals in 40 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit, including one against Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.
Meanwhile, the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely see Madrid swoop into the summer transfer market in search of a worthy replacement or replacements for the Portuguese goal machine. Regardless, no matter whoever the Los Blancos decides to sign, it remains to be seen if they will be able to replicate the imperious form and consistency displayed by Ronaldo in the opposition box in his nine-year spell at the Bernabeu.
The likes of Hazard, Neymar, and Mbappe who have been touted as possible replacements will cut it at Madrid, but might not replace the Portuguese optimally, as Ronaldo was a rare breed. Therefore, the possible return of James could be good news for the Los Blancos who will need the best of the best in attacking talents to stake a claim for a permanent place in the Los Blancos attack line, whilst delivering consistently.
However, it seems an impossible prospect for any of the aforementioned targets to replicate Ronaldo’s impact at the Bernabeu in the short run or long run. Lopetegui must prepare to find a balance for his side.