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Key change to open door for Real Madrid return as star eyes second chance at Bernabeu

After the conclusion of his loan deal with Bayern Munich, James Rodriguez reportedly wants to secure a return to Real Madrid.

The 27-year-old rose to prominence at the 2014 World Cup after emerging as the star of the tournament, which in turn led to his move to join Los Blancos.

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Rodriguez went on to score 36 goals in 110 games for Madrid, but particularly after Zinedine Zidane took charge, he saw his role at the club diminish which in turn led to his departure last summer in a two-year loan spell with Bayern.

The Colombian international enjoyed a successful season with the Bavarian giants last year, scoring eight goals and providing 14 assists in 39 appearances, and so it appears to have been a sensible decision on his part rather than risk being left down the pecking order in the Spanish capital.

However, with Zidane leaving and being replaced by Julen Lopetegui this summer, Marca now claim that Rodriguez is considering a return to the club rather than turning his loan move to Bayern into a permanent deal.

There’s no denying that he possesses a huge amount of talent and with Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Juventus, it opens up more space for others to step in and make their mark.

Nevertheless, Lopetegui still has Gareth Bale, Isco, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez at his disposal, and so it remains to be seen whether or not Rodriguez would fit into his plans either.

After making such a positive initial impact though, particularly under Carlo Ancelotti, it would seem nonsensical not to give Rodriguez another shot at becoming a major part of Real Madrid’s success moving forward given his creativity and attacking quality.

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