James Rodriguez wants to continue his stay at Bayern Munich after his loan from Real Madrid ends and admits the Bundesliga has surpassed his expectations and hopes to turn his loan into a permanent transfer.
The Colombia international is nearly midway through an initial two-year deal at the Allianz Arena, which the Bavarians can extend for the long term for a fee of £40m.
James, who has seven goals and 11 Bundesliga assists to his name in his maiden campaign in Bavaria, does not intend to return to his parent club once his initial terms expire in a year’s time.
“I’m doing very well. It’s a good league here in Germany, the stadiums are full,” he told reporters. “I came here with a different perception. I’m fine, I hope I stay here. I feel very good.”
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated last month that he is “not in a hurry” to tie the creative midfielder down, despite a strong second half to the campaign.
Bayern sit 24 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga heading into their final league game of the season against Stuttgart before they meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final.