Was James Rodriguez’s loan to Bayern Munich as unsatisfactory a transaction as it sounds for Real Madrid? In short, yes.
There are copiousness of reasons for this. There’s a frustrating fact that a actor of his description unsuccessful to play as many mins as he would have liked. The Columbia general some-more than compensates for his subsequent normal mobility with a gifted, roughly sorcery left feet that allows him to collect opponents detached with pinpoint crosses. He can also measure from clearly submissive positions.
With the addition of Dani Ceballos, Real Madrid’s midfield looks over loaded, yet James contributes a hint — a turn of unpredictability that few players possess in universe football. He’s a actor that justifies a complement reconstruct or a tactical arrangement change to accommodate him.
Then there’s a price. Official numbers haven’t been disclosed, yet reports explain Bayern Munich will compensate €5 million for any of a dual seasons James will spend on loan, and his full salary. The German bar will afterwards also have an choice to squeeze his agreement for between €35.2m (according to Sport Bild’s Christian Falk) and €60m, according to Marca’s Jose Felix Diaz.
For a actor who cost Real Madrid around €80m and usually played his best football for 4 memorable months in 2014, a cost is painfully low. Even some-more so when we cruise a fact that Florentino Perez’s bar is approaching to get during slightest €70m.
James’ reign with Real Madrid was full of highs and lows. For any round he dismissed to a angle of a opposition’s goal, there would be an evidence with his coach, be it Rafael Benitez or Zinedine Zidane. For any mouth-watering cranky he floated for Cristiano Ronaldo or Alvaro Morata, there would be a integrate of ill-advised statements to a media. For any prolonged pass that fell accurately where Gareth Bale or Lucas Vazquez wanted, there would be a subsequent normal training event that would perplex teammates and manager alike.
It was tough to keep James encouraged and on board, even yet Zidane attempted a few times this past season. In fact, ever given Carlo Ancelotti left Real Madrid, James frequency looked during palliate during a Bernabeu. Last summer, many Real Madrid fans approaching him to leave, as he publicly complained about his standing in a squad.
But he attempted again, despite never with a loyalty his manager demanded. His contributions to a supposed B-side in final season’s La Liga pretension are unquestionable, and that is something many Real Madrid fans will remember. But he was still not good adequate to make a first-choice group — nor was he in a figure Zidane demanded for a Champions League run.
In a final 5 matches of a tournament, he usually played 7 mins opposite Bayern in Munich. He didn’t step onto a representation for a lapse leg in Madrid, and unsuccessful to play in possibly of a semifinal matches opposite Atletico Madrid or for a final opposite Juventus in Cardiff. With those credentials, it was tough for Real Madrid to keep James’ cost tab as high as they would have liked.
He has shown most improved settlement via a depart routine than he displayed in many instances during his three-year spell in Madrid. He did contend goodbye to a fans in his final compare during a Bernabeu, and after announcing his departure, bid farewell with a grand tweet.
The fact that he’ll reunite with Ancelotti in Munich should assistance him lapse to his best form, yet his imminent depart from Real Madrid was so painfully apparent that it was tough for a bar to urge a investment — and even some-more so after bringing in Ceballos.
James’ farewell is unpleasant for what could have been, yet it is also an practice of pragmatism by a club. It’s time for both parties to pierce on and see what happens over a subsequent dual seasons.
Eduardo is one of ESPN FC’s Real Madrid bloggers and has been a socio given 1995. Follow him on Twitter @alvarez.