Rafael Benitez has informed James Rodriguez that he is no longer required at Everton.
Rafael Benitez, the manager of Everton, is said to have warned James Rodriguez that he may find a new club this summer.
According to sources in Spain, Rafael Benitez has told James Rodriguez that he is no longer needed at Everton. The Colombian playmaker joined to Goodison Park on a free transfer from Real Madrid last summer.
He didn’t waste any time acclimating to his new surroundings, and in the early weeks of the season, he appeared to be a serious contender for signing of the summer.
Everton headed the Premier League table after five games with 13 points, thanks to Rodriguez’s three goals and three assists.
Despite this, he only managed three more goals and one assist in the final 33 games of the season due to a series of injuries.
Carlo Ancelotti, who signed him three times, has now left Everton and returned to Real Madrid.
He was replaced by Benitez, another of Rodriguez’s old supervisors, in a contentious appointment just a few weeks ago.
When addressing to the press at the Florida Cup in Orlando, Benitez highlighted concerns about the attacking midfielder’s fitness.
According to reports from Edu Aguirre of El Chiringuito and Matteo Moretto of Sky Italia, Benitez has told Rodriguez he is no longer needed at the club.
Everton made it clear at the start of the summer that they would accept offers for Rodriguez if they came in.
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After Ancelotti’s departure, the player was thought to be looking for a new challenge, but his mood has been upbeat during pre-season.
Benitez has stated that he expects James to be in better form just a few weeks before the Premier League season begins.
“It’s not easy at the start of the preseason,” Benitez stated. “I believe you can see he’s got the ability on the ball, but his fitness isn’t where we’d like it to be, so it’s understandable at this point.
“So we’ll see, obviously, we’ll have more training sessions and games, so we’ll see how he and the other players are doing.
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