Real Madrid loaned James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich in July 2017 and the midfielder proved himself an indispensable part in the German team’s Bundesliga 2017/18 success story, one they hope to repeat on Tuesday night against Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, the Columbia international footballer says he is not interested in revenge.
James scored six goals for Bayern and recorded 10 assists in 19 games, but the 26-year-old insists his respect for Madrid means he won’t celebrate goals in the match.
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It’s nearly a year since James played at the Santiago Bernabeu and his return is intended to help Bayern qualify for the 2017/18 Champions League finals.
The Bundesliga champions are trailing Madrid with a 2-1 loss from their first leg match.
Speaking in his pre-match conference, James said he’s excited to be back at Madrid for a memorable game against a club that represents family to him.
In his words, “The Bernabeu was my home and I have a mix of beautiful feelings…I don’t have anything to prove to anyone and I don’t want revenge.”
He continued, “I just want to move on to a new Champions League final.”
Asked if he would celebrate after scoring against his former team, the Columbian star said he won’t, out of respect.
“I will not celebrate for the simple fact that Real treated me very well,” he explained, “and I still have memories of the three unique years, where I won many titles and practically won everything with the champions.
“It’s a matter of respect…I was happy there.”
Bayern Munich have been rated favorites in today’s game due to Dani Carvajal and Isco’s absence from the Real XI.
Despite rumors that James was sold after falling out with Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, the famous player says, “I have absolutely nothing against Zidane.
“I am not angry. I don’t desire a win to spite the club. Rather, my feeling is one of gratitude and I just want to play and have a good time.”