James Rodriguez passes medical checks. For the first time with Bayern uniform

James Rodriguez is relishing his ‘new life’ at Bayern Munich after completing a medical with the Bundesliga club on his 26th birthday.

The Colombia international is moving to Germany on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid, where he had struggled to cement a regular starting berth under Zinedine Zidane.

Rodriguez will be reunited with Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern, having previously worked with him in Spain. And the Italian boss is one step closer to seeing his ‘biggest wish’ realised after the playmaker completed his medical.

A video posted by Bayern on Wednesday showed the player touching down in Germany on a private jet before being taken to the hospital to undergo tests ahead of his move.

The Colombian also also received the perfect birthday present when he got the chance to put on the German giants’ famous red shirt for the first time.

‘I’m very happy and looking forward to being at a huge club and in a great team,’ the 26-year-old told the club’s in-house TV channel.

‘Everyone knows what FC Bayern stands for and what the club is about.’

‘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.’

Rodriguez has scored 36 goals in 111 appearances for Real since joining from Monaco in the summer of 2014. He has already won seven trophies during his three-year stay and enjoyed a good relationship with Ancelotti during the Italian’s tenure at the Bernabeu.

But Rodriguez fell down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez and Zidane, behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco.

He started only 13 league matches last season and his uncertain future in Spain prompted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.

It was Bayern who snapped him up, however, in a deal that could cost the German champions up to £40million.

The initial two-year loan will cost them £9million and the Bundesliga side will need to fork out another £31million if they want to make the move permanent in 2019.

Rodriguez will join his new team-mates as they head off on their 12-day Audi Summer Tour to China and Singapore on Sunday.

‘Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid,’ Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club’s website.

‘James is a very versatile player. He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.’

It’s the second time Ancelotti has signed Rodriguez in the last four seasons. The former Chelsea and AC Milan boss persuaded Madrid chiefs to part with £63m to prise him from Monaco following his impressive performances at the 2014 World Cup.