Bayern in no rush to decide James future, says Rummenigge

James Rodriguez reportedly wants a return to Real Madrid, but Bayern Munich is in no rush to make a decision on his future.

Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez   -  Getty Images

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisted Bayern Munich was in no rush to decide if it wanted to use its option to buy James Rodriguez.

James is in the final season of his two-year loan deal from Real Madrid, with Bayern holding an option to make the move permanent.

Rummenigge said the Bundesliga club would take its time in deciding if it wanted to hold onto the 27-year-old Colombia international, who reportedly wants a return to Madrid.

"In our agreement we have an option that we can make use of until 15th June 2019. We are having November now so I don't think it makes sense to speak about it now already," the Bayern chairman said on Thursday.

"I am of the opinion that James played great football last season. He was one of our best players as far as I remember.

"The game in Madrid [in the Champions League in May] he scored the 2-2 and then all the Madrid fans were applauding him."

Rummenigge said he doubted James, who has made just 11 appearances this season, would return from a knee injury this year.

Bayern has endured a difficult start to the campaign and sit fifth in the Bundesliga ahead of hosting Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.