James Rodriguez is now officially a new Everton player for the next two seasons plus an optional third. The 29-year-old Colombian player leaves Real Madrid six years after his arrival in exchange for 25 million euros (55 less than it cost) to join the project of Carlo Ancelotti, his great supporter. The coffee player and the Italian coach met at Madrid and Bayern Munich at different stages.
The Real Madrid takes a giant step in the output operation to the transfer to James Rodriguez, a player who was not in the plans of Zinedine Zidane and whose record bulged (8 kilos per season) was a problem for the club. Now, the white team seeks to release Gareth Bale.
“I am very, very happy to be in this great club, a club with so much history, and with a coach who knows me very well. One of the reasons I signed is the presence of Carlo Ancelotti, ”James told the official Liverpool club media. “I have had good times with him before at two different clubs. That was a great reason to come here, “he said.
“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here and winning things, which is everyone’s goal. I came here to try to improve. I have also come here to help the team win, to play good football, and entertaining football ”, said James, who will have his first experience in the Premier after passing through Porto, Monaco, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich.
Carlo Ancelotti’s insistence has been one of the keys to James’s operation to come to fruition. The Italian coach obtained the best version of the footballer in the 14-15 season, in which James touched twenty goals and assists. However, that Madrid did not triumph in Spain or in Europe and that penalized the good season of James, who in the following year lost a step to the consolidation of the BBC and the performance of a midfield formed by Casemiro, Kroos, and Modric.
James gradually lost prominence, although in the 16-17 season he was again important for Madrid as a member of the ‘ Plan B ‘ that Zidane used to secure LaLiga while he reserved his untouchables for the Champions League. But, after that same season, James was loaned to Bayern, where Ancelotti was waiting for him again. With the Italian coach he shone again (39 games, 8 goals, and 9 assists), One of those goals scored against Madrid in the Champions League, although the whites won the crossing.
In the second season in Germany, he lost prominence and there were frictions with Niko Kovac, then coach of the Bavarians. Bayern, who had a purchase option at the end of that second year, decided not to execute it, so James returned to Madrid to put himself under the command of a Zidane with whom he never finished with everyone’s congeniality.
In the 19-20, his role in the successes of the white team (League titles and Spanish Super Cup) was residual, although he started strongly. However, the injuries made him come out of the rotations and he never again got hooked on the dynamics of the whites. In the final stretch of the season, he even asked the French coach not to call him up for some games, which ended his history with the white club. Now 29, James faces what may be a crucial stage in his career. With Carletto, his technical talisman, and in an environment as attractive as the Premier, the Colombian must take the step forward that the quality of his left foot, which has never been doubted in Madrid, demands.