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JAMES TO REMAIN AT BAYERN

Bayern Munich executive chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists that James Rodriguez will remain with the German champions despite rumours of a return to Real Madrid.

Rodriguez, 27, joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal ahead of the previous campaign, with the Bundesliga giants having the option to purchase him outright for a reported €42million in 2019.

However, rumours have suggested Madrid could recall the Colombian following Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus. Rummenigge, though, has dispelled those fears.

"The contract situation is well known, many things coming from Spain may not necessarily be true," he told reporters on Friday.

"I can say for sure that this season - and I'm assuming it goes beyond that - James will play at Bayern."

Rodriguez appeared 39 times in all competitions for Bayern last season, contributing 8 goals and 15 assists.

Meanwhile Rummenigge has remained coy on rumours linking Benjamin Pavard and Ante Rebic to the club.

Rebic, one of the stars of the 2018 World Cup with Croatia, plies his trade at club level with Eintracht Frankfurt, where the player formed a relationship with new Bayern boss Niko Kovac, leading to rumours that the attacker would link up again with the coach in the new season.

Similarly, Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard, a relative unknown until turning out for France at the tournament in Russia, has seen his future called into question, with Bayern credited with an interest in signing the 22-year-old in 2019.

“We've signing two new players, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry, and what's possible in terms of outgoings or other new players... we'll see,” Rummenigge told a press conference of the Rebic rumours, before turning his attention to Pavard.

“I can only say one thing about that (Pavard): I do not want to comment on any rumours.

“We've been confronted enough in recent weeks and many things that were announced yesterday by SWR (Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk) are not the facts,” he added.

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