An insight into the key reasons behind Everton’s failure to part ways with underprivileged midfielder James Rodriguez will be given on Sunday before the transfer window closed last week.
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Colombian international Rodríguez, of course, only moved to Goodison Park last summer.
Following another season of testing on Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid books, during which he struggled for playing time, the 30-year-old opted to try his hand at the Premier League for the first time.
And the subsequent campaign, in turn, was largely positive.
While forced to deal with a number of fitness issues, Rodriguez, when in shape, found himself in Everton’s midfield with ease, adding some much-needed cunning to the club’s ranks.
In total, in 26 appearances in all competitions, the talented South American accumulated 6 goals and 9 assists.
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Million pounds (per month) man
Rodriguez’s change at Everton that unfolded in the first place, however, only came about due to the persistence of Carlo Ancelotti, who had previously overseen some of the best forms of the Colombian’s career while in Madrid.
In turn, when the strategist abruptly ended his stint at Goodison in early June, it was no surprise that speculation about Rodriguez’s future quickly followed.
A host of possible landing sites were raised, and reports earlier this week even pointed to a surprise move to Turkey, on the back of the English transfer window slamming shut:
Turkish giants Istanbul Basaksehir are ‘watching a move’ for Everton outcast James Rodriguez #EFC
– talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 6, 2021
This comes with Rodriguez still not getting a single minute of playing time from new boss Rafael Benitez.
In the end, however, evidently both the club and the player had no choice but to continue their partnership in the coming months.
And, as described above, on Sunday, an idea of exactly why it has been posted online.
Information is courtesy of Football Insider, who cite Rodriguez’s salaries as the deciding factor in ultimately scaring all stakeholders:
“An Everton source has told Football Insider that the huge deal given to 30-year-old Rodriguez amounts to more than £ 1 million every month.”
It is added that Benitez had in fact given his full support to the sale of the midfielder, only to have his wishes overturned by the unwillingness of James’s suitors to shell out more than £ 250,000 per week for his services.
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