Everton has announced the signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £20million (€22.4m)
James Rodriguez has left Real Madrid to join Premier League club Everton on a two-year deal with the option of a third.
Having been frozen out of Zidane’s squad after he was considered surplus to requirements, James has been reunited with Carlo Ancelotti – his manager at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – on a two-year deal with the option of a third.
The Colombia midfielder performed well during his two-year loan spell with the Bundesliga Champions , though no permanent move materialised and his switch to Everton offers the midfielder the chance to resurrect his career.
James becomes Everton’s second major recruit of the transfer window, joining Allan who moved from Napoli, at Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti will hope the former Porto and Monaco attacking midfielder recaptures the form he showed in his maiden season at Madrid, as Everton aim to improve on last season’s 12th-placed finish.
Rodriguez moved to Real from Monaco in 2014 after impressing at that year’s World Cup. He won the golden boot, scoring six goals in Brazil, including a superb volley against Uruguay in the last 16, as Colombia bowed out in the quarter finals.
After a number of stellar performances for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup – in which he won the Golden Boot with six goals, including an extraordinary strike against Uruguay – James joined Madrid in deal reportedly worth €90million.
He signed a six-year deal and was given the number 10 shirt at Santiago Bernabeu. The ex-Monaco man enjoyed an impressive debut season scoring 13 goals in 29 La Liga appearances, before falling out of favour under Zidane’s management. He then went on a loan to Bayern – with Ancelotti at the helm then- on a two-year loan in 2017.
James scored seven goals in his first season with the Bundesliga giants and matched that tally the following season, though Bayern opted against making the deal permanent.
Ancelotti attempted to sign James at Napoli in 2019, but a deal ultimately failed to go through before the Italian was dismissed in December.
Everton will kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Tottenham on 13 September.
This football news update is brought to you by the Footy Area team. Do not forget to leave a comment in the comment box below. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and join other fans from around the world on our Telegram channel.
Marcus Rashford named among TIME Magazine’s next 100 most influential people
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been as one of TIME magazine’s ‘next 100 most influential people in the world’,...
Son Heung-Min dismisses rumors of Jose Mourinho losing the Tottenham dressing room
Son Heung-min has laughed off suggestions that Jose Mourinho has lost the Tottenham dressing room following a bad run of...
Paul Pogba to miss Europa League clash due to injury
Manchester United will be without Paul Pogba for the rest of the month, as he still needs a few weeks to recover from a thigh injury. Paul Pogba will not play again in February, with the Manchester United midfielder still needing a couple of weeks...
Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick downs misfiring Barcelona
Not since 2005 had a visiting player scored a hat trick away to Barcelona, with Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick against Barcelona...
Fernandes slams United’s mentality and defending in Everton 3-3 draw
Bruno Fernandes couldn’t contain his anger in the wake of Manchester United’s 3-3 draw with Everton as he let loose...
MUN 6-2 Leeds: Scott McTominay is a ‘Physical Monster’ who does Sensational things – Ole
Scott McTominay emerged an unlikely Manchester United goal hero, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer maintains his midfield prodigy “can do everything”....
Zidane hails Benzema after important brace against Bilbao
Zinedine Zidane praised Karim Benzema after the striker powered Real Madrid past Athletic Bilbao in LaLiga on Tuesday. Benzema netted...
Transfer Rumours: Eriksen prefers PSG move to Premier League return
Danish International Christian Eriksen has reportedly turned down a move which would have seen him return to the Premier League...
It’s an honor to be involved in France Football’s All Time XI: Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus and Portugal’s ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to his inclusion in France Football’s All Time XI, saying how...