Everton completed the move of James Rodríguez from Real Madrid for around £ 20 m with Colombia International agreeing on a two-year deal with the option of a third.

The 29-year-old joins Allan as the second big part of the midfield reconstruction of Carlo Ancelotti and is reported to have taken a pay cut on his £140,000a-week salary to be reunited with his former boss at Real and Bayern Munich.

Rodríguez was with the Spanish champions in the final year of his deal and only played five league games last season under Zinedine Zidane. After moving from Monaco after the 2014 World Cup, where he earned the Golden Boot while helping Colombia reach the quarter-finals, he cost Real £63 m but spent two seasons loaning at Bayern from 2017 after losing his regular starting position.

“I have come here to try to get better, to get better,” Rodríguez said. “I also came here to help the team win, play good football-exciting soccer. I am sure that we will do great things with Carlo and his technical team and one of the major reasons [for signing] was the involvement of Carlo Ancelotti. I have previously enjoyed some great times with him at two different clubs. That was a big reason to come over here.

Everton, who have the option on the contract’s third year, has been working on the deal for several weeks and claims the relocation of Rodríguez will accelerate their foreign growth plans.

The former Porto playmaker has nearly 100 million social media followers and the club broadcasts his arrival in Bogota and Miami, where Everton is considering opening its first foreign office in the United States.


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