James Rodriguez trains with Bayern Munich for first time
The likes of Thiago Alcantara, David Alaba and fellow new signing Corentin Tolisso all mingled with James Rodriguez before he got to showcase his skills on the training pitch.
Bayern Munich new boy James Rodriguez began to learn the German giants' way on Thursday as he took part in training.
It was the first time that the Colombia international had trained with his new club since joining from Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal on Tuesday.
And while he may have swapped Madrid for Munich, the 25-year-old looked at ease in his new surroundings.
James Rodriguez trained for the first time as a Bayern Munich player on Thursday
Rodriguez joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid worth £9million on Tuesday
The likes of Thiago Alcantara, David Alaba and fellow new signing Corentin Tolisso all mingled with Rodriguez before he got to showcase his skills on the training pitch.
Bayern have an option to buy Rodriguez permanently at the end of the loan deal on June 30, 2019. The initial loan will cost them £9m with another £31m on top of that, should they wish to make it a permanent one too.
However, speaking on Thursday it appears that Rodriguez hasn't ruled out a return to his parent club.
'We have some great players and I have to fight for a starting position,' he told a news conference.
The Colombia international speaks with fellow Bayern new boy Corentin Tolisso during training
Thiago Alcantara (centre) and David Alaba also mingled with the 25-year-old playmaker
Alaba, Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski (left-right) all stand with Rodriguez on Thursday
'I can play on the left or the right wing as well as a playmaker. I will play wherever the coach wants me to play.
'It is a new life for me. Everything is new, but Munich is a beautiful city. I will try to learn German.
'The door to Real Madrid is still open, but for now I only think about the next two years here. After that we'll see and make a decision.
'It is a new way but no step back. A new challenge.'
Rodriguez will be a member of the Bayern squad that sets off on Sunday evening for their pre-season 12-day Audi Summer Tour to China and Singapore.
Rodriguez will be hoping to dovetail nicely with Bayern's star striker Robert Lewandowski
Martinez and Franck Ribery talk during the German giants' training session in Bavaria