'James will definitely play for us this season', says Bayern Munich CEO Karl Heinze Rummenigge

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James enjoyed a productive debut season with Bayern.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl Heinze Rummenigge has rubbished reports that James Rodriguez is set to end his two-year loan move from Real Madrid a season early to return to La Liga.

Colombia creator James moved to Munich last summer after falling out of favour under then-Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, but reports in Spain have suggested that Zidane’s departure from the club this summer could facilitate a return, with new manager Julen Lopetegui said to be keen to recall the player.

However, the Colombian’s agent said earlier this week that there is no option for either team to terminate the loan agreement early.

And Rummenigge poured cold water on the speculation as well, saying: “Lots of rumours that emanate from Spain are not true.

“The contract situation of the player is well known to everyone.

“James will definitely play for us this season, and I expect him to play for Bayern beyond that.”

The 27-year-old playmaker enjoyed a good debut season for the Bundesliga champions, scoring eight goals and adding 13 assists across 39 appearances.

Rummenigge also denied that Bayern have an agreement in place to sign French defender Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart, contrary to speculation during the 22-year-old’s starring run in the World Cup.

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Jupp Heynckes and Bayern celebrate

Bayern Munich fans turned up in their thousands on Sunday to bid farewell to Jupp Heynckes for a second time.

The 73-year-old is going back into retirement after leading Bayern to a fourth Bundesliga title. Bayern were five points adrift when he returned in October, but regrouped to wrap up the title with five matches to spare.

Heynckes however will be disappointed to be bowing out with just one piece of silverware. It might have been more for the respected veteran but Eintracht Frankfurt stunned Bayern to win the German Cup final on Saturday, while Real Madrid denied the German giants a place in the Champions League final.

But Heynckes happily lifted the league trophy at Sunday’s presentation watched by a sea of supporters who flooded Munich’s streets to pay tribute to him.

Watch the video below.

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Franck Ribery delighted with Bayern Munich extension until 2019

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Veteran winger Franck Ribery, 35, has signed a one-year extension to stay at Bayern Munich until 2019, the German giants announced on Monday.

“I am very happy to be able to play for another year at this great club,” said Ribery in a statement.

“Munich has long since become a home for my family and I, therefore, am proud to be able to play in the FC Bayern shirt next season.”

Ribery joined Bayern in 2007, scoring 80 goals in 247 Bundesliga appearances, and won the German league title for a joint record eighth time this season.

“We are very pleased that Franck has been retained,” said Bayern’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.

“This season, Franck has proved once again in the Bundesliga, as well as in the Champions League and German Cup, what he is capable of and what great quality he has.

Despite a knee injury in October which kept him out for 10 games, Ribery, who will be 36 when his contract expires, has managed five goals in 19 league games this season.

“When I came to Munich in 2007, I was looking to push my career to the next level,” Ribery wrote on Instagram.

“But I never imagined winning eight German championships, the German Cup five times and the Champions League trophy with this club.

“But what I found above all that success is a place called home.

“Thanks to everyone who is supporting me, to my beloved family and friends, the best fans, team mates and staff.

“Let’s work hard to make this time another glorious chapter in the story of the best club in the world.”

Fellow veteran Arjen Robben, 34, has also been offered a year’s extension to his deal which expires in June, but the Dutch winger has yet to put pen to paper.

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