James Rodriguez admits that he doesn’t think Carlo Ancelotti is going to bring him back to Real Madrid despite enjoying a fruitful partnership at the Bernabeu in 2014 as the Colombian says he is ‘fine’ at Everton
- Carlo Ancelotti signed James Rodriguez when he was Real Madrid boss in 2014
- The pair then joined forces at Bayern Munich in 2017 before reuniting at Everton
- Ancelotti’s departure from Goodison Park sent shockwaves around the club
- However, Rodriguez doesn’t believe the Italian will bring him to the Bernabeu
- The Colombian’s contract runs out in 2022 with the option of a year’s extension
James Rodriguez does not expect to rejoin former Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, with the 29-year-old saying he is happy at the Toffees for now.
Rodriguez, who has been controversially omitted from the Colombia squad for the Copa America, arrived on Merseyside last September and endeared himself to the team’s fans in his opening weeks at the club with a series of impressive displays.
However, Rodriguez’s influence waned as the season wore on – in part due to calf problems – and Ancelotti’s men ended the season in a disappointing 10th position before the Italian decided to jump at the chance to assume the Real hotseat once more following the resignation of Zinedine Zidane in a move that shocked Everton, given that Ancelotti had only signed a four-and-a-half year deal in December 2019.
James Rodriguez’s move to Everton was the third time that Carlo Ancelotti had signed him
Rodriguez joined Ancelotti at Real Madrid in 2014 – but says chances of a reunion are unlikely
Speaking on Instagram Live, Rodriguez said that the chances of him moving back to the Spanish capital to play under Ancelotti were slim, although he did not completely close the door on a return to the Bernabeu.
‘I don’t know (if I’ll go back to Madrid). I don’t think so. If I stay another year at Everton, that’s fine,’ he said during an Instagram Live chat.
‘I don’t think Ancelotti is going to take me. The cycle for me with Real Madrid is closed. I don’t think I’ll go there, but I’m still young.’
Rodriguez was first managed by Ancelotti in 2014 when the attacking midfielder was bought from Monaco following an outstanding World Cup.
Ancelotti’s speedily arranged Bernabeu return to replace Zinedine Zidane shocked Everton
A very strong first season, in which he scored 17 times and produced 18 assists in 46 games, vindicated Rodriguez’s decision to move to LaLiga, but a succession of injury issues held back his progress in Spain and, after Ancelotti had replaced Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, the former Chelsea boss tempted Rodriguez to join him for a season-long loan in 2017-18 and was rewarded with eight goals and 14 assists across all competitions.
Despite also facing injury troubles during his time at the Allianz Arena, Ancelotti clearly still rated Rodriguez highly to bring him to Goodison Park.
Everton fans will be heartened by Rodriguez’s Instagram revelation and will hope that the new manager can persuade the team’s talisman to activate his one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until 2023.