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Bayern Munich star linked with a shock move to the MLS

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Real Madrid and Colombian star James Rodriguez has been linked with a move to the MLS despite being on loan at Bayern Munich.

The standout player of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, James Rodriguez was a star that Florentino Perez had to have at Real Madrid. However, while he flourished under Ancelotti and even under Rafael Benitez, the Colombian never found his footing with Zinedine Zidane. The 26-year-old spent most of his time last season on the bench, used sparingly.

However, with Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich, James got his move to the Bundesliga to play under his former boss. It was Ancelotti who brought in the 26-year-old from AS Monaco to Real Madrid. But while both player and manager tried to bring Bayern Munich back, Ancelotti was sacked after a comparatively poor display for the Bavarians.

For Rodriguez who has struggled to find his 2014/15 season form, where he went on to score 13 goals and record a further 13 assists in just 29 games for Los Blancos. While the Colombian has struggled to remain consistent with injuries and playing time affecting his form, he still managed to score 15 goals and produce a further 14 assists in his last two seasons at Real Madrid.

This season, Rodriguez has failed to make a lasting impression on either the club or new manager Jupp Heynckes, who has since taken over as Bayern Munich coach. The former Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich coach, doesn’t consider the 26-year-old to be a major part of his squad. However, now according to both the Spanish newspaper Don Balon and German outlet SportBild, the MLS is very interested in the former Monaco star.

According to Sportbild, both New York City FC and Orlando City SC are clubs interested in Rodriguez’s services, especially since both clubs are known for spending more on their key players, than most teams. However, while the Colombian on a two-year loan spell from Real Madrid, has also been a target for AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and even Manchester United.

Author’s take:

James Rodriguez is a brilliant player, and would a brilliant addition to any team when he’s on a roll, as he showed during the World Cup. However, if he moves to the MLS, his value is bound to drop drastically and given that the 2018 World Cup is right around the corner, maybe the Colombian can orchestrate another brilliant performance in yellow.

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