James Rodriguez has stated matter if factly, that his move to Bayern Munich, does not mean his Real Madrid chapter is closed.
The Colombia international joined Bayern Munich on Wednesday, signing a two-year loan deal. And linking up with former Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti.
James has struggled to break into the first team under Zidane and will join Bayern Munich in a bid to regain his form.
“We have some great players and I have to fight for a starting position,” he told a news conference.
“I can play on the left or the right wing as well as a playmaker. I will play wherever the coach wants me to play.
“It is a new life for me. Everything is new, but Munich is a beautiful city. I will try to learn German.
“The door to Real Madrid is still open, but for now I only think about the next two years here. After that we’ll see and make a decision.
“It is a new way but no step back. A new challenge.”
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the club will be first in line to keep James, should all parties be in favour of making the switch permanent.
“We have a clear agreement with James and Real about a two-year loan,” he said.
“After that we have the option to make the deal permanent with a specific amount for three more years.”
Of Bayern’s other recruitment activity, he added: “The transfer market is open for another six weeks.
“I won’t rule out that we sign some other players nor that some players could leave. But right now, nothing specific is planned.”