James Rodriguez joins Everton from Real Madrid

2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner links up with Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti for the third time

James Rodriguez has completed his move to Everton
Image: James Rodriguez has completed his move to Everton

Everton have signed Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez for £22m from Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third season in a move that sees him link up with Carlo Ancelotti for the third time, having played under him at Bayern Munich and Real.

Ancelotti signed James from Monaco as Real manager in 2014, but the former World Cup Golden Boot winner failed to truly establish himself in the Spanish capital, before going on a two-season loan to Bayern in 2017, by which point Ancelotti was in charge of the German side.

With one year remaining on his Real contract, James had been deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu by Zinedine Zidane.

"I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well," he said.

Carlo Ancelotti has previously managed James Rodriguez at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich
Image: Ancelotti has previously managed James at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich

"I'm looking forward to achieving great things here - and winning things, which is what everyone's aim is.

"I've come here to try to improve, to get better. I've also come here to help the team to win, to play good football - entertaining football.

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Everton fan and former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew believes the club's incoming signings are joining to play for manager Carlo Ancelotti

"I'm convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons [I signed] was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti.

"I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here."

James was named in the team of the tournament at last year's Copa America, where Colombia reached the quarter-finals.

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Spanish football expert Graham Hunter says the 'very good relationship' between Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid playmaker James has made a transfer to Goodison Park possible

He has 76 international caps and 22 goals - in addition to 25 assists - following a debut against Bolivia in October 2011, netting his first strike the following June in a meeting with Peru.

Rodriguez becomes the second South American midfielder to join Everton during this transfer window after Brazilian Allan arrived from Napoli on a three-year contract.

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Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman says potential new signing James will bring much-needed goals and assists to the team

South American football expert Tim Vickery:

"James has got a coach who knows him well and admires and respects him. It's a good fit for the way Everton want to line up at the moment.

"You can imagine James in a wide midfield position in a 4-4-2 or in a deeper, central role, arriving as an element of surprise, and if I was Richarlison I'd be licking my lips at this.

"You can imagine James reproducing the relationship with Richarlison that he's had with Radamel Falcao for the Colombia national team."

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James signing part of expansion plan

James Rodriguez
Image: James Rodriguez will help Everton grow their profile internationally

Sky Sports' Vinny O'Connor:

"The signing of James Rodriguez will accelerate Everton's international growth plans - which were already focusing on South America and particularly North America.

"The club has already seen international growth in USA and South America through a combination of current and former player activity, official affiliated clubs membership and supporters' club growth.

"James has a follower base approaching 100m and ranks as the eighth biggest social media star of any sportsperson on the planet.

"Everton are primed to try to capitalise on James' signing with launch activity that will see outdoor media and activations in Bogota, Colombia and Miami, Florida, USA and enhanced distribution of the Club's merchandise through the Fanatics partnership."

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