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Bayern Sporting Director Opens Up On Future Of Arsenal Target

Bayern Sporting Director Opens Up On Future Of Arsenal Target

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has said the Bundesliga club remain undecided about midfielder James Rodriguez’s future.

The Colombian is 18 months into a two-year loan spell in Germany, but there have been reports that he could cut short his time in Bavaria and join Arsenal for the remainder of the season.

It is thought that his parent club Real Madrid would only want a £3m loan fee for the player; something the Gunners may be interested in, considering they are only looking to sign players on a temporary basis this month.

When asked about Rodriguez, though, Salihamidzic said they will only consider the player’s future at the end of the season:

“We will look at the second half of the season and we will draw the right conclusions.”

Bayern have a purchase clause to sign the 27-year-old for £37m in the summer, and Salihamidzic confirmed they will not look to sell him on for a profit if they take up their option:

“This is not Bayern’s style. If we decide to sign a player, then he also remains a part of Bayern.”

Rodriguez has been out with a knee injury since November, but he started five of the club’s first eleven league games prior to being sidelined.

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