Bayern Munich have reiterated that they have no intention of cutting a two-year loan for James Rodriguez short and allowing him to return to Real Madrid.
The Blancos deemed the Colombia international to be surplus to requirements in the summer of 2017 as they sanctioned a switch to Germany which includes a purchase option in 2019.
They have seen the 27-year-old flourish at the Allianz Arena, sparking talk that those at the Santiago Bernabeu are keen to bring him back to Spain.
Bayern, though, are committed to an initial agreement, which could see them sign the South American for €42 million (£38m/$49m) next summer, and have made it clear that Real would be wasting their time in any effort to renegotiate.
Niko Kovac, the new man in charge of the Bundesliga champions, told reporters when asked again about James’ future: “I only know that we have a loan deal which is valid.
“It will only end if we take the option and he stays permanent – or it won’t end at all. So at the moment it looks like he’ll stay.
“There are always many rumours in the media.”