Rafael Benitez believes that the departure of James Rodriguez was the right decision for both club and player. The Colombian joined Qatari side Al Rayyan after spending a year at Everton. The midfielder has not played under Rafael Benitez who hinted that it was the right decision financially. Everton has had a good start halted with a 3-0 loss to Aston Villa. The injury list of the Toffees continues to increase with key players Seamus Coleman, Richarlison, and Dominic Calvert Lewin out injured. They will face a Norwich side who are the only team not to collect a point this season.

“James is a very easy and complicated issue,” Rafael Benitez said about James Rodriguez. “That is the Premier League, that is Everton Football Club, and then when you have a player in the situation that we have, that can be available just 50 percent of the games overall in the Premier League. It is not something that we can manage easily. We have to maximize the resources that we have, and that is the situation.”

“It is not easy to find good offers when you want. You have to manage the offers when they are there, and that was the time,” he added. “We couldn’t find the right ones before, that was the right one for him, he is happy with that and we have to do it because we have to maximize our resources and then we have to be sure the long-term future of the club is protected.”

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