James Rodriguez has discussed his Everton future as he suggests he isn’t ‘wanted’ at the club, amid speculation that he could be allowed to leave this summer.
The Colombian playmaker had been a real marquee signing for the club last summer, the player opting to reunite with the now departed Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park, the two men having previously worked together at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
While he had been short of game time in the Spanish capital in recent years, the former Monaco man made an impressive start to life in the Premier League, catching the eye in the opening weeks and months as Everton emerged as unlikely top four contenders.
That bright start ultimately faded, however, with both the club and the player enduring a frustrating second half of the campaign, culminating in an eventual tenth-placed finish.
The 30-year-old – who joined the club for a rumoured fee of around £12m last summer – now looks set for an exit from the Merseyside club, following the arrival of Ancelotti’s replacement, Rafa Benitez.
A Golden Boot winner at the 2014 World Cup, the player is no doubt a quality asset, yet appears surplus to requirements under the new manager, according to recent reports.
The player himself has now weighed in on his future, the midfielder suggesting that his current situation is ‘complicated’ and that he doesn’t feel ‘wanted’ by the Toffees.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know – I don’t know where I’m going to play,” he told fans on Twitch.
“You know that in football and in life you don’t know anything, but all I know is that I’ve been training hard, preparing well, training for myself and that’s it.
“It’s complicated. [I will play] wherever I’m wanted. Someone has to be at a place they’re wanted.”