Berlin - Former Bayern Munich captain Stefan Effenberg has said that Colombian
star James Rodriguez should leave the club in order to pick up more
"James should recognise that the right path for him is to leave
Bayern," wrote Effenberg in his column for the German news website
T-online on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Colombian joined Bayern from Real Madrid in 2017, on a
two-year loan deal which expires at the end of this season.
Bayern have the option to buy Rodriguez permanently for 42 million
euros ($47.1m), but the midfielder has not been a first-team regular
under Niko Kovac this season.
Rodriguez has started on the bench in 11 of his 24 league appearances
this season, and has only played the full 90 minutes on three
"He has to play and enjoy his football, but he cannot do that if he
is only allowed to play seven, 10, 12 or 15 minutes at a time," wrote
Effenberg, 50, who captained Bayern to Champions League glory in
2001, said that he also did not think Rodriguez should return to Real
Madrid when his loan deal ends.
"Maybe he should think of something completely new, because it will
be difficult for him to get regular appearances at Real Madrid as well,"
Rodriguez is a doubt for Bayern's Bundesliga clash with bottom club
Hanover on Saturday, after he picked up a muscle injury in last Sunday's
1-1 draw with Nuremberg.