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James Rodríguez

James Rodríguez, to Everton: from the start of the 2014 World Cup to discarded by Zidane

Madrid transferred the Colombian to Everton for a figure that would be around 15 million euros. He still had a year left on his contract with the white club, where he had lost the coach’s confidence.

James Rodríguez put an end to his trip with Real Madrid. On Monday night, the white club made official the transfer of the Colombian to English Everton for a figure that has not been made official but that would be around 15 million euros. With a year still on the contract, the team and the player have preferred to separate their paths after having barely had opportunities last season. The striker who arrived in 2014 as a great star of the World Cup in Brazil, had a good initial season and then faded away without the confidence of Zinedine Zidane.

Last year he started playing, even though he touched the start, but an injury took him away from the dynamics, and he could no longer regain his position. The Atletico Madrid wanted his signing, but the white club stopped the operation in the summer of 2019, right after that thrashing of Simeone in a friendly.

James will meet again at Everton with Carlo Ancelotti, the coach who got the most out of him at Madrid. It was in his first season at the Bernabéu that he finished with 13 goals and 13 assists. “James, as everyone knows, is a fantastic player with many qualities and a lot of ability to assist the forwards. He is very excited about the club’s project and the fact that we want to improve. He was very excited to sign and I didn’t need to. time to convince him. He was already convinced, “valued the Italian coach.

Later James, already with Zidane, in the brilliant stage of the three Champions won, he played very little. In fact, in the Milan final, he was a substitute and in Cardiff, a year later, he was not even called up.

This situation pushed him to leave on loan to Bayern Munich, eventually scoring against Real Madrid in the exciting second leg of the 2017/18 European Cup semifinals. The next station also did not take flight in the German box, which did not want to exercise the purchase option it had.

“Ancelotti was a great reason to come here,” the footballer repeated up to twice in his first statements on the official Everton website, in which he insisted on his “desire to achieve great things. I am a winner. A true winner “, he assured.

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