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Ancelotti dismisses talk of Rodriguez being unsettled Rumour Mill

Carlo Ancelotti addressed an unfounded rumour from Spain by insisting that James Rodriguez is happy and motivated at Everton.


A solitary report of dubious veracity from Defensa Central claimed this week that the Colombian isn’t enjoying life in England and that he has struggled to adapt to the weather, lifestyle and combative nature of the Premier League.


His prior association with Carlo Ancelotti was a major factor in his decision to join the Toffees on what has since been revealed to have been a free transfer frm Real Madrid and his manager was asked about Rodriguez’s feelings during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Merseyside derby this weekend.

“He is okay, he has no problem,” the Italian said. “I talk to him every day. He’s happy here, confident, motivated.

“He had a a little problem in the last few games with his calf but now he’s in a good condition.

“He really feels good here because everyone takes care of him.

“I don’t know if he complains about the weather! We know it’s not the best weather ever but there are a lot of good things in this area.”



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 Posted
19/02/2021 at
11:33:15

So… rumours spreading that Rodriguez is off in the summer. Seems he can’t take being challenged by Premier League defenders???

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
11:39:14

The Rodriguez stuff is media biased propaganda to shift the blame on him when the RS go into assault mode on our playmaker. Very predictable.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
11:42:37

The James stuff seems like rubbish, but I can fully imagine him wanting to play in a Champions League team and not mid-table mediocrity. Head and shoulders above anyone else we have.

Put him in a quality team and he’ll look world class.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
14:10:31

I can’t believe I’m actually commenting on this.

Were James’s expectations that Everton would be higher in the league or playing in a better climate when he signed?

I’m not sure which would be a bigger masterstroke by the club if they convinced him of either.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
14:13:21

I’m not that suprised, where would you sooner live southern Spain or wet freezing N W of England.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
17:03:48

Unless it’s his agent, with an early leak, to make teams aware. Hope not.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
17:08:15

James has been the center of speculation for years. Before he started a game for us Asprilla had a piece in the Echo saying he wouldn’t like the weather. The Colombian Marca then claimed he was faking injury to spend more time on Instagram. I think he’s sort of the David Beckham of Colombia so a certain percentage of the media love to hate him.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
17:28:30

I think he would prefer a warmer climate and CL football. Carlo in the summer also said Moise Kean was part of his plans, so wouldn’t surprise me if James left.

We are always going to struggle to attract and keep top talent without the CL football carrot. Thing is we need that talent to qualify, bollox ain’t it.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
17:29:38

Not too bothered anyway, decent in patches but inconsistent generally, injured one week, average the next, great the game after that, then rinse and recycle,if he’s not happy, get rid, and everyone moves on.
I’m sure the full back behind him won’t miss him either.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
17:43:16

Tbh

His career has been one of flattering to deceive. He has undoubted ability but he’s never really established himself at any of the clubs he’s played.
Massive red flag for me was coming off ‘injured’ against Fulham. I suspect other players would have copped a lot more stick for that

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
17:45:10

I’ve heard Klopp wants to go skinny dipping in the Mediterranean with Saido and Mo, just to let the kopites know that they’ll all be off to Barcelona soon.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
17:53:34

Graham

He’s a little bit like Gheorge Hagi. Great talent, but doesn’t appear to have the work rate and desire to be as successful as he could be. The United game he was terrible but then scored a magnificent game changing goal. Ideally we can get enough quality pieces around him so we can overlook his deficiencies and just enjoy his sparkle

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
17:56:17

He’s a great talent but a bit of a snowflake. The PL is too rough for him. We’ll need a replacement in the summer. Someone who can play a few games on the trot would be good.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
18:00:20

He can look decidedly average at times, and lacks mobility of course. He does try to run around, but he’s mostly treading water – it’s worth noting he’s always been like that so it isn’t age or anything.

The thing with a player like James, is that he can make something happen in an instant – be it a cross, pass, shot, goal, whatever – he makes things happen at his own pace and is undoubtedly a very classy operator.

Yeah he can leave us a little short when we don’t have the ball, but personally I’d much prefer us to be moving to sign world names, than Championship players.

James has helped raise the profile of EFC, and is part of the sea-change we need at stuffy old Everton. Top players & managers can be swayed by other top players & managers, so signing James is more than just signing a footballer.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
18:22:20

With a bit more protection from refs, and teammates, James wouldn’t get kicked as much as he does.

Why do we even have a captain when no one gets in the refs ear like other captains do?

Anyway, I wouldn’t be surprised if he leaves in the summer. It’s not only the kicks, weather, food, language, lack of cl etc… his girlfriend refuses to move to England so he’s probably a bit lonely.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
18:31:25

I hope he stays because he is better than anyone we have had for a long time. It is a pleasure to watch him.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
18:38:22

So reading between the lines it’s true then, winter blues, Girlfriend back home, see yeh then James , it was good for about 270 minutes.. overall.

I’m sure he was well compensated for his inconvenience.

As soon as these rumours start, you know they’re true,if you have ever wondered what agents get paid for?

this is what!

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
18:46:45

Colin

Professional footballers soon realise if someone in the immortal words of Corporal Jones ‘don’t like it up them’.

It’s top level sport, your weaknesses get found out quickly. I hope I’m wrong about the lad as many have pointed out he can do things on a football pitch that very few can. But if you haven’t got the bottle it’s all for nowt.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
18:47:48

I hope he stays as well. Some call him a luxury player, I call him the jewel in the crown. The only problem being, we don’t have a crown.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
18:55:40

Don’t worry – if he does leave we can extend Gylfi’s contract and he can be our no 10 for years to come.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
18:59:13

I think the pace and physicality of the Premier League has taken James by surprise. He will expected it to be tough, but it’s worse than he expected. The dirty stuff that a lot of players get away with is making him disillusioned. He probably is thinking it’s only a matter of time until he gets a long term injury.

It’s tough on him because he is so gifted, but this is the way it is over here, it’s the English game, it won’t change. It’s got to the stage now when there is fair debate about whether we are a weaker side when he starts.

If he does want to go I hope he can put some great cameos in for us before he does. Starting tomorrow.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
19:09:33

Since Van Dyke did his testes he’s been stinking the joint out and Ancelotti’s faith in him has looked misplaced.

He’s not suited to the Premier League physically and he needs to really want it to make it here.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
19:30:20

If he scores the winner at Anfield tomorrow, he will be forever burned into EFC legend like Super Kevin Campbell.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
20:05:38

James is still acclimatizing, give him time and also give him the No10 thats where he should be playing.
You will really see his worth then.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
20:12:23

If he wants Champion’s League football, he can always, you know, help us get into the Champion’s League. I know some have basically written the season off, but we’re only five points off 4th with a game in hand. It’s basically there for the taking.

 Posted
19/02/2021 at
20:15:01

James is a human being. And still quite a young man. He’s currently experiencing our city during a national lockdown and really crap weather.

He doesn’t owe us anything. He’s a world class player. We are paying him a good wage and from what I can see, he’s performing for us when given the opportunity. If he decides his future would be better elsewhere then that’s his prerogative.

Me. I’d like him to stay. We’re having a difficult little spell. Hopefully we can come through it.

I’m comfortable with this.

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