Post by Everton News. on Sept 10, 2020 13:21:36 GMT
James Rodriguez says Everton have everything in place to achieve “big things” – and the Colombian is determined to put smiles on the faces of the Club’s supporters.
The Blues completed the blockbuster capture of James on Monday, prompting 48 hours of worldwide coverage which reached 400m pairs of eyes.
The South American’s profile and a CV illuminated by silverware add up to a footballer used to flourishing under a weight of expectation.
And he is vowing it will be no different at Everton, where James is planning to entirely channel his efforts into bringing success to his new club.
James, who is reuniting with Carlo Ancelotti after the pair worked together at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, was one of three players to join in a whirlwind four days this week – manager Ancelotti also adding two midfielders in Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
“Training has been going really, really well and I can see the quality here,” said James.
“The players are highly skilled with a lot of great technique.
“We are set up with this squad to achieve what we want to achieve, we have everything we need.
“I will be trying each day to perform at my highest level.
“I think it [expectation] is something positive and nice.
“I have seen from the few days here Evertonians are proper fans and full of passion.
“When players see the fans are so passionate and behind us, we want to give our absolute all to try to make them happy.
“I want to make the fans happy.
“I have sensed their affection and I want them to know that affection is mutual.”
James entered the global limelight following a personally spectacular World Cup in 2014 when he claimed the top scorer's Golden Boot and scored the undisputed goal of the tournament in a second round win over Uruguay,
He promptly left Monaco for Real Madrid, managed by Ancelotti, and had one of the finest individual seasons of his career, claiming a string of personal honours, including recognition as La Liga’s best midfielder.
James subsequently added team silverware to an already impressive collection and he comes to Goodison an eight-time domestic champion and boasting two Champions League winners medals.
That haul hasn’t come close, however, to satisfying the 29-year-old’s hunger for titles.
“I am the sort of person who always wants to achieve more and more in my career and life," said James.
"Every day I have always wanted to achieve more.
"It is a new league I am coming to and a big league on a worldwide scale.
"I learn things every day.
"I am a curious guy and fascinated by things that are new.
"I can continue to learn and improve as a player.
"I know the manager really well and I worked with some of the backroom team in the past.
“Everton is a club with a lot of history… years and years of excellent history.
“I have come here to this top club to achieve big things.
James originally came to Europe from Argentine club Banfield when he joined Porto a decade ago.
He arrived in Madrid via one season with Monaco and from 2017 had two seasons on loan in Germany with Bayern Munich, where Ancelotti was boss when the player initially signed.
And the player insists the prospect of adapting to a fifth European league holds no fears, with a potential debut in the offing when Everton open their Premier League campaign at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
“We are all excited with a game coming in three days and we want to win that game, like we will every game,” added James.
“Football is the same wherever you go.
“If you have talent and quality you can play in any league in any country.
“The English league is renowned for being tough, fast paced. It is a hard league to settle into but I am confident I can and let’s hope that settling in process happens really quickly.
"I am here to play football and focus on my game... to learn and to focus on what I need to do, which is train hard and play well.
“I am really keen to play to the best of my ability and prove it is a good choice to reunite with the manager.
Post by Everton News. on Sept 10, 2020 14:45:26 GMT
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes will both be available for Sunday's Premier League opener at Spurs on Sunday.
However, Mason Holgate has been ruled out of the clash with a toe injury while the Club will assess the fitness of Fabian Delph after the midfielder resumed First-Team training.
Holgate suffered his problem during the first half of last weekend's 2-0 pre-season friendly victory over Preston North End at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, Gomes was forced to return early to Everton from international duty with Portugal after picking up a niggle but the midfielder is set to be included in the Blues' squad for the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.