PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB Everton have acquired the services of the Colombia attacking midfielder James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. The deal is worth £20M (R441 million) according to reports.
The 29-year-old joins Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees on a two-year contract with the option of extending for a further season. Rodriguez joined Madrid from Monaco after winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. “I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well,” said Rodriguez, adding that he is braced for the challenge ahead.
“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is. I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football.”
Rodriguez, who was entering the last year of his contract in Spain, featured 14 times for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season. Ironically, it will be the third time Ancelotti and the now ex-Madrid star have crossed paths intimately. The Italian has signed Rodriguez to both Los Blancos and Bayern Munich recently when he was in charge.
“I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons [I signed] was [because of Ancelotti’s presence],” Rodriguez added. “I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here.”
Ancelotti had only good things to say about the newly-signed midfielder. “James, as everyone knows, is a fantastic player with a lot of quality and a lot of ability to make assists for the strikers,” assessed Ancelotti. “He’s really excited about the project of the club and the fact we want to improve. He was really excited to sign and I didn’t spend time to convince him; he was already convinced.”