Bayern Munich’s Colombian star James Rodriguez has two club games remaining before he heads to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The top scorer in Brazil in 2014 is already setting his eyes on another historic summer.
"I want to have a good World Cup and help my team-mates get to the semi-finals or the final – why not?" James told bundesliga.com in an exclusive interview after Bayern’s win over Cologne on the penultimate Matchday of the season.
While James will certainly face Bayern team-mate Robert Lewandowski in Russia – with Colombia and Poland drawn in Group H – he is not certain to meet his German friends such as Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller or Jerome Boateng in the summer. They could meet in the quarter-finals or indeed the final, depending on where they place in their respective groups.
"Yeah, why not? It would be great,” James said on the prospect of facing Germany in the World Cup final. “But that's a long way away, we need to take things step by step.”
Bayern will lift their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title next weekend at the Allianz Arena following their final game of the season against VfB Stuttgart. It will be James’ first title in Germany, but it could be the first of two domestic titles this season.
Reflecting on his first season in Munich and looking ahead to the DFB Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt on 19 May, James is excited for it all.
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“It's a big game,” James said. “Hopefully everything will go well and we can win it. We're going there to win.
“It's been a good season,” James added, talking about his debut Bundesliga campaign. “I wanted to do well and I think I have. It's a very good league and you always play in sold-out stadiums.”