Rodriguez rules out Madrid move

14 June 2021 00:19:38 GMTPlus10

James Rodriguez says he isn't planning on leaving Everton this summer and has ruled out a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti at former club Real Madrid.

Everton are 10/1 to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League next season, while they are 8/13 to end up in the top half of the table.

Ancelotti signed James as a free agent for Everton in September 2020 after the Colombian's deal with Real came to an end.

Ancelotti's surprise move back to Los Blancos has led to speculation the Italian could try and sign James for a fourth time. The three-time Champions League-winning coach brought James to Real in 2014, then signed him for Bayern Munich before convincing him to make the switch to Goodison Park.

The cycle for me with Real Madrid is closed.

James Rodriguez

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The fact Ancelotti has moved to the Bernabeu has fuelled speculation he could try and tempt James away from Merseyside but the player himself says he has no desire to head back to the Spanish capital.

"I don't know. I think not.... If I stay another year [at Everton] that's fine," he said when asked about a possible return to Real, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

"I don't think Ancelotti is going to take me. The cycle for me with Real Madrid is closed."

James, 29, is under contract at Goodison Park until 2022 and the club have the option of triggering a further season.

The former Porto and Monaco frontman managed six goals and nine assists in 26 games for Everton last season, despite struggling with injuries at various stages of the campaign.

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