Everton sign James Rodriguez on a two-year contract
Columbian International becomes Toffees’ second major signing of the summer and reunites him with Carlo Ancelotti for the third time in his career.
Everton FC have announced the signing of midfielder James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two year deal with an option to extend for one more year for a reported fee of £20m.
This transfer means James is linked with the Everton boss for the third time in his career after playing for him at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
James, who moved to Los Blancos in 2014 from AS Monaco for a fee of £63m after a stunning World Cup in 2014 where he won the “Golden Boot Award” after scoring six goals in the tournament also winning the “Goal of the Tournament Award”.
In his first season at Madrid, he scored 13 goals in 29 La Liga games under Ancelotti but quickly became out of favour under new boss Zinedine Zidane and was sent on loan to Bayern Munich for 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons to play under the Italian again and in his final season with the club, he made just eight appearances as the team won the league title.
The 29-year-old has represented his country on 76 occasions and scored 22 goals in the process.
James has won several accolades in his career with all the teams he represented and will look to revive his career once again in the Premier League after falling out of favour at Real Madrid.
The twice Champions League winner is also a social media sensation with followers over 100 million across all platforms and the Evertonians hope the Columbian will bring the commercial success at the club with his popularity in South America.
Ancelotti is pleased with the arrival of James who will add his quality and experience to the team’s midfield, a position where Everton faced a lot of criticism during the end of last season.
Abdoulaye Doucouré is set to become the club’s third addition in the midfield area following the arrivals of Allan and James.
Everton face Jose Mourinho’s Spurs in their Premier League opener on Sunday.