Post by Everton News. on Sept 7, 2020 19:05:59 GMT
Everton have signed Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year deal, with a Club 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.
“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,” James told evertonfc.com.
“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 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.”
James moved to Spain from French side AS Monaco directly after claiming the World Cup Golden Boot with his six goals at the 2014 competition in Brazil.
He scored in all five of his country’s matches, enhancing a reputation which was already growing following a season with Monaco when he directly contributed to 22 goals – scoring nine – in 34 league games and was named in Ligue 1’s team of the year.
James crowned his debut Spanish season, when Real Madrid won both the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, by being named in UEFA’S team of the year. He was part of a Real team which won successive Champions Leagues in 2015/16 and 2016/17, adding the La Liga crown and UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to the second of those European titles.
“I’m a winner, I’m a real winner,” Rodriguez added. “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, 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.”
Everton manager Ancelotti added: “James, as everyone knows, is a fantastic player with a lot of quality and a lot of ability to make assists for the strikers.
“He’s really excited about the project of the Club and the fact we want to improve. He was really excited to sign and I didn’t spend time to convince him - he was already convinced.
“Players like James and Allan can help us to be better and we can help them to be better. This kind of connection can be helpful to improve the results, the team and results of this Club.”
James was named in the team of the tournament at last year’s Copa America, where Colombia reached the quarter-finals.
He has 76 international caps and 22 goals – in addition to 25 assists – following a debut against Bolivia in October 2011, netting his first strike the following June in a meeting with Peru.
Post by Everton News. on Sept 7, 2020 19:12:30 GMT
James Rodriguez has become Everton’s new number 19 after joining the Blues from Real Madrid.
The Colombian star has reunited with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park having previously played under the Italian at Madrid and Bayern Munich.
The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner arrives at Everton having won a wealth of prestigious trophies during a glittering career.
James has lifted eight domestic championships across four different countries – Argentina, Portugal, Spain and Germany.
The 29-year-old has also won the Champions League twice with Real Madrid.
As well as top-scoring during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Rodriguez also won the Goal of the Tournament award for his breathtaking 25-yard volley in Colombia’s last-16 victory over South American rivals Uruguay.
Everton’s number 19 jersey has previously been adorned by the likes of USA pair Joe-Max Moore and Brian McBride, as well as Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu.
Full-back Djibril Sidibe wore the shirt while on loan from Monaco last season.
Post by Everton News. on Sept 7, 2020 19:13:34 GMT
James Rodriguez reunited with Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park in summer 2020 following prolific spells with the Italian manager at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Forward James initially linked up with Ancelotti in Spain following a breathtaking 2014 World Cup for Colombia.
The Golden Boot winner for his six strikes at the competition in Brazil – including one against Uruguay voted goal of the tournament – James duly flourished with Real after transferring from Monaco for a reported £71m fee.
He directly contributed to 26 goals – scoring 13 times and adding 13 assists – in 29 La Liga matches in 2014/15, a return which secured his position in the division’s team of the year and led to him being crowned La Liga’s best midfielder.
James was a Champions League winner with Real in 2015/16 and 2016/17 and in the second of those campaigns was part of a team which added the La Liga, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup titles.
Ancelotti took James to Bayern Munich for a two-year-loan in 2017, the player claiming successive Bundesliga titles and directly contributing to 29 goals in 43 league appearances – 32 starts – during his German stay.
In four La Liga campaigns with Real Madrid – he returned to the Bernabeu for 2019/20 – James struck 29 goals, adding 28 assists, from 64 starts and 21 substitute’s appearances.
James initially came to Europe when he swapped Argentinian club Banfield for Porto shortly before turning 19 in 2010.
The player was a domestic champion in each of his three seasons in Portugal, contributing to 53 goals – scoring 25 – in 65 league appearances between 2010-2013.
He played nine matches in Porto’s successful Europa League campaign in 2010/11 and in that season’s Portuguese Cup final netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 victory over Vitoria SC.
The following year James was named the best player in Portugal’s top division after scoring 13 goals and laying on eight in 26 matches (20 starts).
James transferred to Monaco in summer 2013 and in his lone season in the Principality claimed the club’s player-of-the-year honour after scoring nine goals and supplying 13 assists in 34 Ligue 1 matches.
The South American made his professional debut aged 14 for Envigado, the club from Medellin which recruited Rodriguez after he dazzled in Colombia’s Ponyfutbol Cup – a national competition for the country’s best Under-13 sides – forAcademia de Tolimense, a team from the player’s home region of Cucuta.
James aided Envigado’s promotion into Colombia’s top division then, at the age of 16, transferred to Banfield in Buenos Aires in summer 2008.
The attacker’s goal in a game against Rosario Central in the opening months of his first campaign made Rodriguez, at 17, the youngest foreign player to score in Argentina’s Primera Division.
He won a domestic title with Banfield in 2009 – the club’s first – and in his second season scored nine goals and assisted seven in 38 matches, notably netting five times in eight appearances in the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club competition.
James has 76 senior international caps after a debut in a World Cup qualifying victory in Bolivia in October 2011.
He scored the first of his 22 national team goals – 12 shy of the record held by Radamel Falcao – when Colombia continued their successful World Cup qualifying campaign with a victory away against Peru in June 2012.
James’s Colombia, who were quarter finalists at that 2014 World Cup and eliminated in the second round by England four years later, with their key man absent injured, reached the Copa America last four in 2016.
They made it to the final eight in 2015 and 2019, when James featured in the team of the tournament.
He had a hand in five goals in five appearances at the 2011 Under-20 World Cup, scoring three and creating two in Colombia’s quarter-final run.