After Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern Munich have a new manager at the helm, Jupp Heynckes. A decision which has been lauded by most, has made one particular superstar uncomfortable.
According to various sources, James Rodriguez has started thinking about his future at Bayern and wants to return to Real Madrid. Here, in this section, we look at the three tentative reasons why the Colombian is seeking a move back to the Spanish capital.
3. Real’s New Formation
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid has adapted to a new formation over the course of the season. A tweaked 4-4-2 has opened up a slot for a number ten, a role James excels at.
Luka Modric, the 32-year-old is reaching the twilight of his career, and Isco could take the mantle from the Croatian, giving James a genuine opportunity to play a more advanced role.
2. Lack of Minutes
James Rodriguez’ move to Bayern Munich was fueled by the lack of playtime. Under Carlo Ancelotti, the 2014 World Cup sensation was getting regular minutes, which might not be the case under Jupp Heynckes.
James was substituted at half-time during the 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, which was Ancelotti’s last match in charge. The next match, Bayern’s 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin, he was restricted to the bench and the Colombian fears this could turn into a regular occurrence under the new coach.
1. Life In Germany
James Rodriguez had difficulty adjusting to the life at Bayern Munich, with injuries keeping him out of action for a significant time. Mixed with the cold weather and language barrier, James has certainly seen better days as a player.
His team-mates have always communicated in the native language, one which is pretty difficult for an outsider to grasp. James struggled to communicate, which was hampering his performance on the field. With Heynckes in charge, the dressing room would most likely converse in German, making it all the more difficult for James to get into key conversations.