James aiming for career revival under Heynckes

James Rodriguez

FC Bayern München playmaker James Rodriguez says he hopes the appointment of Jupp Heynckes will allow him to showcase his undeniable talent with his new team.

Much was expected from the 2014 World Cup top goalscorer following his arrival at the Allianz Arena on a two-year loan with an option for a permanent move from Real Madrid in the off-season.

James failed to command a regular starting berth at Los Blancos, with manager Zinedine Zidane preferring Isco in the playmaker role, and under recently fired Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti, he struggled to gain momentum.

The Colombia international scored just one goal in five games before Ancelotti’s departure and was substituted at half-time in the demoralising 3-0 European defeat to Paris Saint Germain.

“A coach has arrived who I believe will consider me, and I think we will do good things together,” James told reporters about his opportunities in Munich.

“It is a good chance for me. I can go out and have a coffee and not get hassled too much. People respect you, and that is good.”

Upon his return to the club last week, Heynckes mentioned he’s equally keen to work with the 26-year-old, saying: “He can count on my support and my help because I like technically gifted players, and I believe he has a lot of talent.”