Everton complete James Rodriguez transfer as ex-Real Madrid star explains switch

Everton have completed the signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid for around £20million. The Colombia international has penned an initial two-year deal at Goodison Park, with the option for a further year.

Rodriguez is looking to rediscover his best form after an injury-plagued 2019/20 campaign restricted the 29-year-old to one goal and two assists in 14 appearances across all competitions.

“I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better,” he said.

“I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football.

“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,” James told evertonfc.com.

“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is.

“I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons [I signed] was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti.

“I’m a winner, I’m a real winner.

“I think the seriousness and determination to win trophies can lead to silverware.”

Rodriguez was signed by Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid in 2014 for £63m after winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup.

He briefly reunited with Ancelotti at Bayern Munich during a loan spell before the Italian was axed.

Rodriguez is Everton’s second major signing in the space of a few days following Allan’s transfer from Napoli. Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure is likely to continue the club’s spree by sealing a £20m switch in the coming days.

Ancelotti said: “James, as everyone knows, is a fantastic player with a lot of quality and a lot of ability to make assists for the strikers.

“He’s really excited about the project of the club and the fact we want to improve.

“Players like James and Allan can help us to be better and we can help them to be better.

“This kind of connection can be helpful to improve the results, the team and results of this club.”

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