Liverpool, Man Utd, target’s future not as cut and dried as Bayern claim

James Rodriguez’s future is not as cut and dried as Bayern Munich have recently insisted.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said over the weekend claimed there was no rush in signing the Real Madrid man, but yesterday he claimed the Bundesliga champions were all set to complete a permanent deal for the Colombian.

James moved to the Allianz Arena on a two-year loan last summer, with Bayern holding a non-obligatory option to buy the attacking midfielder. That purchase option is believed to be set at £37million and Rummenigge has indicated they are keen to take up that option.

“It was been a wonderful operation,” Rummenigge said in the Daily Mail, via Marca. “His adaptation has been good and he is helping the team a lot. We’re very happy with James.

“We have a purchase option and we’re going to trigger it.”

However, James, who has been linked with Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea, claims his future is far from resolved.

“Back to Madrid? I do not know, in the future you do not know what’s going to happen, you have to think about what’s happening now and this club is my present,” he told Fox Sports.

“I’m happy at Bayern, I’m playing more and that’s good for me. I’m thinking only of Bayern.”

James, who played in Bayern’s 2-1 Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Sevilla on Tuesday, has made 29 appearances for Bayern in total this season, scoring five goals and providing 11 assists.