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James Rodriguez reunites with Ancelotti at Everton

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James Rodriguez has signed a two-year deal with an option to extend it by one year

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.


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