Rodriguez’s Everton stint

James Rodriguez joined Everton over the summer from Real Madrid.

The Colombian had endured a fairly hit-and-miss 2019/20, which saw him struggle for any form of regular action with Los Blancos.

Since arriving in England, though, Rodriguez has become a crucial member of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.

Rodriguez has missed some games due to injury, but in the 18 league ties he has featured in, the midfielder has chipped in with five goals and four assists.

His latest contribution came on a historic weekend for Everton, which saw the Toffees beat city rivals Liverpool for the first time since 2010.

Rodriguez provided an assist as the Merseysiders came away with a huge 2-0 win.

AT LAST. ✊ pic.twitter.com/IFlcgfxEPF

— Everton (@Everton) February 21, 2021

Rodriguez happy at Everton

Said victory saw Everton draw level on points with 6th place Liverpool.

It also means they are currently five points off a Champions League spot, with a game in hand on both West Ham and Chelsea.

Rodriguez – along with summer arrivals Allan, Ben Godfrey and Abdoulaye Doucoure – has of course contributed to Everton’s return to a side capable of challenging for Europe.

So, losing James would obviously no doubt be a big blow. As a result, Everton fans were probably quite concerned when it was reported recently that Rodriguez is unhappy in England, with the same report also touting a potential return to Spain.

However, in a recent interview, the 29-year-old eased such fears a bit, stating that he is happy:

“I am happy. We all know it is a new stage for me.

“At almost 30 years old, I am fine. I am happy for every new thing that is added to my life. It all adds up.

“It was tough [against Liverpool]. Everyone knows that Liverpool is a great team. I think they are in the top three teams of those who play good football.

“I’m happy to have helped my team win. Everton haven’t won [at Anfield] since 1999, so we’ve made history.

“I’m happy I was there. I hope we can continue this well.”

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