James Rodriguez’s father has spoken to the media about his son’s future, as the Colombian international is linked with an early exit from Bayern Munich.
James is currently on loan in the Bundesliga, and Real Madrid remain his parent club for the time being. However, James Olley of the Evening Standard recently wrote that Arsenal have expressed an interest in paying the £3m fee to cut that loan short and bringing the 27-year-old to the Emirates Stadium.
Juan Carlos Restrepo, James’ father, spoke to Spanish outlet Marca about his son’s current situation in Germany, and his hopes for the future.
“He (James) is comfortable in Munich,” Restrepo said. “I don’t have news about it, but there may be offers based on those rumours coming from England.
“Real Madrid are one of his loves, but unfortunately he had to look at a different course. However, that does not mean that he doesn’t love Los Blancos, an institution that allowed him to enjoy beautiful moments. Inside his heart, given that he is a fan of Real Madrid, he will contemplate the possibility of returning.”
The quotes are consistent with what we’ve been hearing from Spain, namely that James still dreams of returning to Real Madrid. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be open to another loan in January though, especially if he believed he could make more of an impression playing regularly with Arsenal than occasionally with Bayern.
James made his return to the pitch last Friday, after a knee injury kept him out for most of November and December. He made a very brief 12-minute cameo from the bench, creating one chance.
Over the season, the 27-year-old has three goals and two assists in 651 minutes, one goal contribution every 130 minutes. Nonetheless, he’s still only on seven starts in all competitions. We’ll see if Arsenal can convince him he’d get more chances in England.