By Ivan Mubiru Everton have signed Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year deal, with an option for a third season. Signed by Carlo Ancelotti for Real Madrid, James was named La Liga’s best midfielder after scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists in 29 games under the Italian manager in 2014/15.
By Ivan Mubiru
Everton have signed Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year deal, with an option for a third season.
Signed by Carlo Ancelotti for Real Madrid, James was named La Liga’s best midfielder after scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists in 29 games under the Italian manager in 2014/15.
He has won eight domestic titles, across four countries, claimed two Champions Leagues with Real Madrid and, when at Porto, was a Europa League winner in 2010/11.
He joined Real Madrid from Monaco in 2014 after winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Brazil that summer.
After signing for Everton, James Rodriguez told evertonfc.com: “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.
“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is.
“I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football.
“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 have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here.
“I’m a winner, I’m a real winner. I can see the plans here, the project here is very serious. Everyone means business. I think the seriousness and determination to win trophies can lead to silverware.
“I can see, too, these fans are real, true supporters. I hope we can have a good, positive, mutual feeling between ourselves.
“What they can be sure of is I am going to give everything in every game situation, every play, and every build-up. I will be trying my absolute best. I have sensed that good feeling right from the very start, and it is excellent.”
Personal information and football career
Full name James David Rodríguez Rubio
Date of birth 12 July 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Cúcuta, Colombia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder
Current team Everton
2001–2005 Academia Tolimense de Fútbol
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2020 Real Madrid
2017–2019 → Bayern Munich (loan)
2007 Colombia U17
2011 Colombia U20