Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti insists James Rodriguez “won’t be a one-season wonder like Samuel Eto’o,” who only lasted 20 games before leaving
- Ancelotti insists James Rodriguez won’t be a one-season wonder at Everton
- Everton boss says Rodriguez is “happy and comfortable” in Edison Park
- Ancelotti doesn’t think he’ll be a repeat of Samuel Eto’o, who lasted 20 games
- Everton manager says Rodriguez is “happy and comfortable” in the club
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that James Rodriguez won’t be a miracle for a season at Everton, like the club’s former Galactico who signed Samuel Eto’o.
Rodriguez, 29, has fallen in shape after a great start to his Goodison career with three goals in six games following a highly acclaimed move from Real Madrid.
He is out against West Ham on Sunday with calf problems that emerged in the warm-up before Everton’s loss to Aston Villa last weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that James Rodriguez (above) won’t be a one-season wonder at Everton
While recent signs of the 2014 Golden Boot winner don’t look promising, Ancelotti doesn’t think his Colombian star will be a repeat of Eto’o, who joined Everton from Chelsea with great excitement but only played 20 games.
“I don’t think we can compare,” said Ancelotti. James Rodriguez chose this club because I think he was excited about the project and he is still excited about the project.
“He played here for a year, I think he’s happy, he feels comfortable here. He’s had some problems, of course, but that doesn’t affect his desire to stay and play for Everton in the future. ‘
The Everton manager says Rodriguez is “happy and comfortable” at Edison Park
Ancelotti doesn’t think his Colombian star will be a rerun of Eto’o (above), who joined Everton from Chelsea with great excitement but made only 20 appearances
Even so, the Italian reiterated Everton’s transfer policy this summer and will not be judged by reputation.
“The goal is not to have big names here. The goal is to have good players who are necessary to improve the quality and strength of the squad, ”said Ancelotti, who has been linked to Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.
“We didn’t just sign James Rodriguez last year. We also signed (Ben) Godfrey, Allan and (Abdoulaye) Doucoure. It doesn’t matter if they’re a big name or not. ‘
‘We want to sign players who will improve us – and we will sign them.
“I don’t think qualifying for Europe will make any difference. Of course, it would be progress for everyone – for me, for the players who are already here, and for all new players.
“But what we think doesn’t change whether we’re in Europe or not. The idea of the project is to improve and become more competitive over the next season. ‘
Ancelotti and Everton’s European hopes were hurt by eight losses at Goodison Park
Everton is supported by the availability of midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (above).
Everton’s European hopes were tarnished by eight losses at Goodison, but they are among the Premier League’s top travelers on Sunday in London.
Ancelotti, a three-time Champions League record winner, said English teams’ success in Europe this season underscores the magnitude of Everton’s mission to penetrate the Europa League qualifying spots.
‘I totally agree that the Premier League is the toughest competition in the world. It is not easy to qualify for Europe through the Premier League as there are fantastic teams here already fighting for the Champions League and Europa League. ‘
Everton is strengthened at the London Stadium by the availability of midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, who was absent two months after a broken foot.