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Colombia’s playmaker James Rodríguez admits that he chose to sign for Everton because he needed a club they trusted.
the 29 years He reunited with his former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park after an indifferent time on loan at Bayern Munich and his final year at the Bernabéu.
Ancelotti has allowed Rodríguez to take advantage of his strengths. For that he was rewarded in the early part of the season when he was very influential.
A calf injury caused him to miss five games and he is still regaining his physical form and, after a brief appearance as a substitute in Friday’s loss to West Ham, he could play in the FA Cup against Rotherham this weekend.
“I had to go to a team that they could trust me in,” Rodríguez said, speaking with evertontvsaid of his transfer to Everton.
“I needed to play with a coach who knows me, how I behave on and off the field.
“I will be eternally grateful to the club and to Carlo. That’s why I try to do my best and play at my highest level in every game.
It has been a great help to arrive at this point (later in your career). You have the background, good and bad experiences, they are all lessons learned.
Premier League a different beast
“I have played in many other leagues but here the players are stronger, they play more physically and they are always looking for the ball.
“Soccer is not just about running. It’s about getting your teammates to play their best and helping them win.
“When you have talent and ability, you can play anywhere. I want to help the team so that it can play at the highest level ”.
With Everton just four points behind leaders and defending champion Liverpool, Rodriguez has set his sights on qualifying for the Champions League.
“This is a club that is hungry to achieve great things. This year, I’m watching the Champions League from home, but I think we have what we need to be there next year, “he added.
“We have to be hungry to succeed in every game. We have talented high-level players and if we all follow the same path, I am sure we can achieve incredible things. “
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