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Ancelotti downplays rumours that James wants Everton exit

Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed rumours that James Rodriguez wants to leave Everton amid speculation that the summer signing is unsettled on Merseyside.

Rodriguez signed for Everton on a free transfer from Real Madrid during the summer with his signing regarded as a coup, with the Colombia international making a brilliant start to his Premier League career with three goals and three assists in his first five appearances.

The 29-year-old’s debut season was setback by a calf injury before returning in recent weeks, scoring in vital draws with both Leicester and Manchester United as Everton seek a top four finish this season.

Recent reports have circled, however, that Rodriguez has become unhappy at Goodison Park amid homesickness, speculation that has been downplayed by Ancelotti who insists the marquee arrival remains ‘motivated’ to bring success to the club.

“He’s ok he has no problem,” said Ancelotti at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Merseyside derby with Liverpool.

“I talk to him every day. He’s confident and motivated.

“He had a little problem with his calf in the past few games but now is in good condition.”

Ancelotti was asked whether the gloomy weather in England had led to Rodriguez becoming disillusioned with life in the Premier League, though says the Colombian ‘feels really good’ at Everton and has no worries about him settling in the area.

“He feels really good here because everyone takes care of him. And that’s it

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

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