James Rodriguez: Great atmosphere in Bayern!

Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez is beginning to thrive within what he describes as the “healthy” environment in the Bayern Munich dressing room while improving his German skills is next on the 26-year-old’s list.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup star is very much up and running in his first Bundesliga campaign, which he began with a substitute appearance in the Matchday 3 defeat away to Hoffenheim. That setback highlighted the work that lay ahead for James and his team-mates, and both have since responded superbly as they coast toward the winter break at the head of the domestic standings.

“I am doing well here and I am happy,” the Real Madrid loanee told Colombian news show Noticias Caracol. “I am learning small amounts [of German] but it’s very hard. I spend one hour a day studying it.” Asked how he communicates with the rest of the Bayern group while his German gets up to speed, James responded, “I speak a strange kind of English with [Robert] Lewandowski while five of my team-mates speak Spanish, as does the coach.”

Yet it is alongside his current playing partners that James is beginning to feel more and more at home, as his on-field performances are now showing with each passing game.

“All of my team-mates are very nice, good people; we have a healthy group,” he said, before adding with a laugh, “The German guys can be a little serious while those who are more playful are the Spanish and the South Americans.” Could that be the perfect recipe for Bundesliga success?