Why didn't Real Madrid sell James Rodriguez

"No human trafficking" - Rummenigge does not want to oblige James Rodriguez in order to sell him dearly

Karl-Heinz-Rummenigge has ruled out that Bayern Munich will only take the option to buy from midfield star James Rodriguez in order to then sell him on at a higher price. "We do not want to operate human trafficking in order to earn something from this story," said the chief executive of the FCB Sky. The Spanish sports newspaper AS had put such a possibility in the room.

"That is not the style of FC Bayern," said Rummenigge further. Although a profit of tens of millions beckons, the record champions do not want to break with tradition, said the 63-year-old: "FC Bayern has never done anything like this before." A decision about the future of the loan from Real Madrid has not yet been made: "We will definitely sit down next week and then decide what to do next."

Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane probably doesn't want James back

In order to sign the Colombian, who was often not the first choice under coach Niko Kovac, the southern Germans would have to transfer 42 million euros to Real. The market value of the attacking midfielder is, however, valued significantly higher and quite a few clubs are likely to be interested in a commitment. According to Rummenigge, the international could return to Madrid.

In the Spanish capital, James' contract runs until 2021. But staying there is also very questionable. Coach Zinedine Zidane was not considered a fan of the noble technician during his first term at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and according to a report by Marca should not have changed that.