Ro­driguez not to re­place Mueller, says Ancelotti

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Shang­hai, China - Bay­ern Mu­nich coach Carlo Ancelotti rub­bished sug­ges­tions on Tues­day that James Ro­driguez was signed to re­place mis­fir­ing Ger­man in­ter­na­tional Thomas Mueller.

The Colom­bian last week joined the Ger­man League cham­pion from Real Madrid on a two-year loan that some have in­ter­preted as a threat to Mueller, who is com­ing off the back of a poor sea­son by his high stan­dards. Ro­driguez too has some­thing to prove af­ter los­ing his place at Real, and Ancelotti - who man­aged him in Spain - ex­pects the 26 year old to hit the ground run­ning.

Ro­driguez gives the Ital­ian coach a broad range of op­tions in mid­field and at­tack.

But speak­ing in Shang­hai on the eve of a pre-sea­son glam­our friendly with Arse­nal and with Mueller next to him, Ancelotti told a press con­fer­ence, "Of course we did not buy James to re­place Thomas Mueller.

"It's clear be­cause if we think this, we also think James can re­place Thi­ago (Al­can­tara) be­cause James can play in of­fen­sive mid­field, and we think be­cause James can play on the right, that he can re­place (Ar­jen) Robben and (Franck) Ribery.

"James can also play on the left and as a mid­fielder... we did not buy James to re­place any­one. We bought James to have a bet­ter team and with James we have a team with bet­ter qual­ity.

"But James also knows that if he does not de­serve to play, he does not play."

Carlo Ancelotti, Bay­ern coach

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