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It is now official. Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Everton for the transfer of James Rodriguez. The 29-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the Premier League side, where he will be reunited with former coach Carlo Ancelotti, who he has previously worked under at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

James joined Real Madrid in 2014 from AS Monaco for €75M, following his impressive performances at the World Cup in Brazil. During his first season at the Bernabéu, the midfielder was involved in 35 goals in 46 appearances, proving to be worth the big transfer fee. But with the departure of Carlo Ancelotti in 2015, after a trophyless season, the Colombian’s downfall began. Missing a large part of the beginning of the 2015/16 season under Rafael Benítez, his true nightmare began with Zidane taking over in January 2016.

There was no space anymore for an attacking midfielder in Zidane’s system which resulted in short cameos or playing out of position for James. After another season of finding himself on the bench in almost every big game, James decided to leave Real Madrid in 2017 and join Bayern Munich on a two-year loan, where the former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was in charge. But for James’ misfortune, Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern in September and another season with ups and downs followed.


After yet another disappointing season in 2018/19 with only 28 appearances in all competitions and many injuries, the Colombian asked Bayern not trigger the purchase option. Following a long summer of speculations, James ended up staying at Real Madrid for the 2019/20 season, but hasn’t really featured, making a total of 14 appearances across all competitions and he never seemed to be part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans. The reported transfer fee to Everton is believed to be around 25 million euros.

We are wishing James the best of luck for his new journey at Everton.


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