James Rodriguez’s two-year loan at Bayern Munich will end on a low note with reports indicating that his relationship with manager Niko Kovac has hit all-time low.
The midfielder hasn’t started for club since early April when Bayern played Heidenheim in DFB-Pokal game.
The player was substituted with a muscle pull, but is yet to return in last four games, spending three of those on the bench and one in the stands.
Reports have indicated that Rodriguez has been out due to injury problems, however, the situation suggests that Kovac is refusing to use him, even if he is fully fit, due to their misunderstanding.
The Colombian has recently told the Bayern that he wishes to leave when his loan ends this summer, rather than make his loan permanent.
Bayern president Uli Hoeness has previously said that he will not pay the 42-million-pound purchase fee for a player that doesn’t start.
Rodriguez’s relationship with his coach has deteriorated in recent weeks, with Kovac leaving him out of the team to face Borussia Dortmund a couple of weeks ago.
“We dropped James Rodriguez and Leon Goretzka against Dortmund for technical reasons,” Kovac said before Bayern’s cup semi-final with Werder Bremen.
“This decision led to us winning 5-0, so you ask yourself, ‘why would I change anything?’.
“The only thing that could see James reinstated at Bayern for him next season would be the departure of Kovac.
A return to play for Madrid has been dealt a blow by the re-appointment of Zinedine Zidane as coach last month, with the pair not enjoying the best of relationships in the past.