“They tell me that yes, James Rodríguez does have the option to return to Real Madrid,” Bonnet told Blog Deportivo, relayed by the Colombian edition of Marca.
“The president (Florentino Pérez) wants him; the coach has asked for him.
“Obviously, those who arrive will have to reduce their salary, and James Rodríguez would be part of that reduction.
“The source says that James Rodriguez would have no cost for Real Madrid; he would recover an asset.
“Within the conditions of the move to Everton was that if he was asked for by any technical director he could return without cost.”
Rodríguez has predictably been linked with a return to the Spanish giants since Ancelotti departed Everton to replace Zinedine Zidane at the beginning of this month. The journalist says that both Carlo Ancelotti and club president, Florentino Perez, want him back at the Bernabeu.
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1 Posted 17/06/2021 at 12:44:26
2 Posted 17/06/2021 at 12:55:59
It would make last season as being more like a loan than a full transfer, in effect. Seems ridiculous, but it will no doubt precipitate another avalanche of teary "betrayal" claims on here if he also bails on us.
3 Posted 17/06/2021 at 12:57:31
If he does leave it might allow us to spend his wages on someone with pace who could be with us for the long term. I'd rather have Neto or Bailey etc than Rodriguez.
4 Posted 17/06/2021 at 12:58:19
5 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:10:00
6 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:14:07
So what have the board actually done wrong?
Last July, if wed have found out that we turned down the chance to sign Rodriguez on a free because we wouldnt insert the clause into the contract wed have been calling the board for being unambitious.
On second thoughts….
Its Kenwrights fault, he gave Rodriguez the Arteta money and ring fences earmarked for the kings dock.
7 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:18:35
8 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:27:42
9 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:27:52
10 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:36:40
11 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:39:53
Unfortunately, both of them were past their sell by dates. We're like a club who has to go to the football equivalent of a food bank to survive - grateful for the leftovers, even if they've turned a bit mouldy.
12 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:47:12
13 Posted 17/06/2021 at 13:59:02
Glass half empty: people need to commit to us or not, the second a “get out of jail” card is asked for, we should walk away from them.
We need young, hungry, committed players……and a manager thats going to play and develop them. It is that simple.
14 Posted 17/06/2021 at 14:07:30
15 Posted 17/06/2021 at 14:45:41
To paraphrase Sam Goldwyn,"It ain't worth the paper it's written on".
16 Posted 17/06/2021 at 15:51:34
I agree. Zidane had been openly trying to shift James for two years so the odds of a recall were slim. But now Zidane has gone and Madrid are broke so a free transfer "big name" is something Perez could pass of as a good signing. If Zidane was still around, or if Madird's cash cow of the ESL had happened then I don't think this would have arisen.
17 Posted 17/06/2021 at 16:02:05
Shame it didnt work out, and it was amazing to see that level of talent in the jersey, but he's not the future no matter what.
18 Posted 17/06/2021 at 16:15:42
Wonderful time supporting Everton. Thank you Carlo. Moshiri, you're doing a grand job. Brands... what do you do again?
19 Posted 17/06/2021 at 16:25:59
20 Posted 17/06/2021 at 16:27:24
I thought Everton had got to grips with contract negotiation, apparently not. Brands either is a muppet or his advice is being ignored and not followed. Brands is not his own man.
Even this manager recruitment pricess is looking like an election campaign, rather than a proper recruitment selection process. Brands's involvement looks like someone sitting on the fence and running out in front of the successful candidate.
They are starting to reflect the poor performing Everton team that we see on the pitch.
21 Posted 17/06/2021 at 16:36:20
22 Posted 17/06/2021 at 16:47:11
Neither Ancelotti nor Rodriguez desperately wanted to come to a mid table Prem side with no trophy since 1995. We wanted them and therefore brought them in on their terms. Otherwise they would never have come at all.
Personally, I'd prefer to get people (managers and players) on an upward trajectory - people who will work hard to make the most of the step up. With this sort of person the cards are more evenly held.
23 Posted 17/06/2021 at 16:54:08
I also think that is why he played when he was injured a few times as he was getting close to the trigger point which is obviously good financial security for a 30-year-old injury-prone player.
24 Posted 17/06/2021 at 17:35:50
25 Posted 17/06/2021 at 17:52:44
26 Posted 17/06/2021 at 18:03:29
I doubt he'll be crying when he leaves us, in any case he'll have time dry his eyes in private on his private jet to Madrid.
27 Posted 17/06/2021 at 18:05:31
28 Posted 17/06/2021 at 18:12:48
29 Posted 17/06/2021 at 18:51:18
30 Posted 17/06/2021 at 18:57:23
31 Posted 17/06/2021 at 19:16:08
Great player when fit but also a bit of a luxury at times... so, given his wages and downtime, it might be better if the money were used elsewhere anyway.
32 Posted 17/06/2021 at 19:16:35
I would love him to stay as he has given us some magic moments last season and could help us attract other big-name stars. Done wonders for our profile globally over the last 12 months due to his social media followers and hero status in Colombia. Not that I for one minute think the Everton commercial team have exploited that opp!
(Oh and having 3 boys with 'James' on their Everton shirts means, if he does go, I've got to replace them all! Aaaaagggggghhhhh!!!)
33 Posted 17/06/2021 at 19:24:04
Far more worried about Carlo poaching both Digne and Richarlison to be honest.
34 Posted 17/06/2021 at 19:33:33
Scenario 2: signed James for no fee, found out he can't string 4 games in a row together, have option of him leaving and freeing up wages for a reliable player!
I know which scenario I'd prefer!
We took a gamble. It only half-worked! At least we're not stuck with a sick note we can't shift.
35 Posted 17/06/2021 at 19:46:59
36 Posted 17/06/2021 at 19:49:08
37 Posted 17/06/2021 at 20:00:10
38 Posted 17/06/2021 at 20:44:57
39 Posted 17/06/2021 at 20:56:34
40 Posted 17/06/2021 at 21:19:09
James comes back for preseason, gets totally fit, and now with Premier League experience starts the new season completely reborn setting up two and scoring from the half way line against Southampton in the first game of the season, chest puffed out rotating in the centre circle to a packed out Goodison James roars nil satis nisi fucking optimum mother fuckers!!! The crowd go wild.
41 Posted 17/06/2021 at 22:40:45
42 Posted 17/06/2021 at 22:46:51
But he's slow, has no one at Everton near his wave length and as such is targeted for some rough treatment by opposition players. I can't blame them really.
A spark of genius with him but perhaps a greater fire of desire without him.
Any chance Carlo will allow a swap for Hazard or Benzama? Please Carlo, you owe us one.
43 Posted 17/06/2021 at 23:23:22
I'm surprised so many on here are assuming this is 100% correct. Why wouldn't we just loan him for 12 months, which would be the final year of his Madrid contract, rather than this convoluted deal?
Also, James himself ruled out returning to Real mere days ago. I'd prefer to take his word for it, rather than some random journo who I doubt any of us have ever heard of.
Finally, people now saying he wouldn't get in Benitez's team. Based on what? He's our most creative player by a mile. Who are we signing to displace him exactly? We sign Bailey or Neto (estimated value: £70m!) then who are we expecting to get the ball to them? And if Rodriguez isn't good enough (lol) to get into our team, then why would Madrid want him?
Baffling cockeyed reasoning.
44 Posted 18/06/2021 at 00:08:11
Another coach would probably have a more reliable option in terms of fitness.
He was a joy to watch when fit, but ultimately Siggy had comparable stats!
Gave the club a great PR opportunity too. His leaving wont be discussed as a sign of decline of Everton, just a player following his coach to the biggest, shiniest opportunity in world football.
45 Posted 18/06/2021 at 00:40:27
1 - it was an unusual transfer in the first place. Many different versions from free signing, verbal agreement, large signing on fee, simple loan, we only pay part of his salary etc.
2 - it may well suit Brands not to have him on the books, not a Brands signing, reduce wage costs.
3 - Carlo and James have an understanding or agreement should they want to leave Everton. Carlo took up his option.
Great player, but not necessarily a great loss. I'd love him to stay but that's would require a new manager to know how to get the best out of him. Hopefully it works out for the best in Evertons interest.
46 Posted 18/06/2021 at 00:42:54
47 Posted 18/06/2021 at 09:13:26
All 3...and probably a few more of the candidates...yesterdays men.
48 Posted 18/06/2021 at 11:07:40
49 Posted 18/06/2021 at 12:16:49
#45 Justin :
1. we signed a "superstar" player, all those rumours and stories mean Jack. What do we know, or can surmise is that James had a year left on his deal and was not going to play under Zidane. Real had been trying to move him on for 3 years. Major teams were likely not interested. The only "B"- level team that Rodriguez would entertain was us, on the back of our manager being favoured by him. Madrid want rid, so a free transfer is arranged to get a disgruntled player on big wages moved out. Do they want him back? Other than them appointing Carlo, there's nothing to suggest this at all.
2. Rodriguez is on slightly more wages than Bernard and Delph. If Brands if fretting about wages then I'd be focusing more on them, than him!
3. Complete supposition.
4. The myth is that Carlo is some sort of James-whisperer. He had maybe his best season under Ancelotti, 2014-15. He played only a handful of games under CA at Bayern and played very well under his replacement. He looked great the first phase of last season for us, but Carlo's retreat into a deep-sitting defensive shell lessened his impact.
#46 Dan: You're referring to Carlo obviously, but when did he do this? The only thing I've read is he had mentioned he had "unfinished business" at Madrid (possibly referring to the fact he didn't win La Liga when there) and that was prior to us appointing him.
Regarding comments about how he's slow (true) and how we need pace (also true), what we actually need is a balanced team and this includes athletes and footballers. I watched a fair few Sevilla games 2 years ago and Ever Benega was crucial to their play and ran games for them. He was slower and less mobile then Rodriguez. What they had were fast and hard-working players around him. We had little of this so it was very easy for teams to stifle our only creative outlet, especially when we started sitting 10 yards deeper.
50 Posted 18/06/2021 at 12:33:08
Richarlison is a different story though. If they are as short on cash as many seem to think then he might be sort of player they need to look at if the Mbappe's of this world are out of their reach right now.
51 Posted 18/06/2021 at 13:00:47
52 Posted 18/06/2021 at 13:16:31
Let's get some young energetic midfielders who can move the ball forward quickly. I wouldn't be surprised for Richarlison to request a transfer once he comes back!!!
53 Posted 18/06/2021 at 14:12:33
People are adept nowadays at self justification and re-configuring what they actually meant – see Benitez recent attempts to square the circle with his past quotes, now he realises there is a very convenient, cosy job in the offing.
I'd be sad to see James go, not because he is vital to the team- he isn't- but because there has been some novelty value in seeing an outrageously gifted footballer in a blue shirt, even one as dynamic as a snail.
54 Posted 18/06/2021 at 14:21:19
James didn't even actually go as far as saying he was finished with Madrid. He simply, replying to a question he was asked, stated that, even with Carlo at the helm, he thought the possibilty of a return to Madrid for himself was very unlikely.
55 Posted 18/06/2021 at 14:24:50
I thought that too. James, Hamez and Jimmy
56 Posted 18/06/2021 at 14:26:25
Me, I wouldn't be placing the very short odds bet implied by his comment, on him not leaving. Quite the opposite.
57 Posted 18/06/2021 at 19:37:34
58 Posted 18/06/2021 at 22:00:35
59 Posted 19/06/2021 at 09:56:19
James, James Jnr, and James jnr jnr!!
Either of you free at the moment as theres a job going that could do with some fresh ideas
60 Posted 19/06/2021 at 10:06:02
The ease with which Rodriguez split open the Liverpool defence at Anfield, for Richarlison to score, was a sweet example. All my red mates were silenced.
For me, Rodriguez is the best ball player, with the best football brain, in an Everton shirt since Colin Harvey, and that in itself is memorable.
61 Posted 19/06/2021 at 14:26:29
IMO we need a team that is built on heart-felt commitment and desire to win. So we will need to ditch a number of the current squad.
62 Posted 19/06/2021 at 19:33:30
Nice to see how good he was in flashes but he is finished as a top tier player. In truth, he hasn't done all that much since his World Cup!
63 Posted 20/06/2021 at 01:59:48
We have a joke set of fans who'd don't understand football. Most of you I refer to... School of Science? Bullshit! Our club prefers the Dogs of War from the Joe royle days, and is a victim of having a manager like David Moyes for as long as he had with us.
Yes, he did a great job, but the likes of Moyes has a ceiling and it's always in the main backs-to-the-wall footy that is appreciated at my club, as was conditioned to by the fans of Moyes.
Stones, Lukaku, Deulofeu, are the type of players who will be hounded out by the fanbase, but Denis Stracqualursi will be applauded! I understand about playing for the shot, but still...
All you lot wanting Duncan Ferguson as manager? I mean, he'd have us relegated within a season. Pumping-your-fists footy would only last for a few games.
We have such ambitious owners, who yes may be getting it wrong at the moment, but will keep trying.
Benitez is obviously a proven manager who actually is turning his back on the fact he's a Liverpool legend by wanting to manage us. It's actually 2 fingers up to them lot but you precious lot want to ditch him and have who? Nuno? Duncan Ferguson? LOL! I don't care what the reaction is to my post but, my fellow Evertonians, everyone in London sees Everton as a club that are getting it wrong, but are so evidently ambitious. Ancelotti to Benitez is a better step than going to bankroll Duncan. Duncan always only played the big games as a player.... always injured. Gary Naismith said on Duncs DVD that he actually said he can't get himself up for the Mickey Mouse games as in Crystal Palace etc. And now he's bankrupt and needs a job, typically Everton come to the rescue for our players and it's all based on emotion and not merit
I've had a load of Jack Daniels & Cokes as I type but I'm disgusted with us, how we are hounding out Rafa before he has started. Called us a small club... what the fuck? Oh please.... Get over yourselves. Don't cut your nose off to spite your face, as they say. And now youu want to drive out the money men, so we have Blue Bill in charge with his piggy bank containing a few coppers to attract Steve Bruce – then you lot will be happy.
64 Posted 20/06/2021 at 02:18:03
Stop using a fake surname. We know you suck at appointing managers. Maybe stay off the drink and leave it to Brands.
ps: Give my regards to Alisher.
65 Posted 20/06/2021 at 05:02:08
66 Posted 20/06/2021 at 07:31:22
67 Posted 20/06/2021 at 07:42:48
Anyone with any negotiating ability would have asked for either compensation if the clause was triggered or that it could only be triggered after so many full seasons. But I suppose if you're a gambling man...
68 Posted 20/06/2021 at 08:00:02
69 Posted 20/06/2021 at 11:28:41
You may have been bladdered but you sound like a 6-year-old.
Rafa is a spent force.
70 Posted 20/06/2021 at 11:53:58
Doesn't play every game? Who does? On that judgement, a player who never played every game every season either through injury or suspension is revered as a legend. But on this basis he too was surely a sick note? But I get it, he's an Evertonian so we airbrush that part of the legend story.
71 Posted 20/06/2021 at 12:06:07
72 Posted 20/06/2021 at 12:24:25
Any new manager has to be able to get the best out of his players most games but Carlo couldn't do that.
Here's hoping that a new guy can do better with this lot!
73 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:51:25
74 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:05:26
75 Posted 22/06/2021 at 10:48:06
Ancelotti did a decent job converting DC-L into a 6-yard specialist, but then all the other teams worked that out and played to stop any delivery and part 2 of the season was pretty much DC-L goal free. If Calvert-Lewin isn't looking to move to Madrid (or at least Manchester) then I'd be amazed.
Richarlison had a mediocre season, and seemed to have lost any awareness of other players. As for the rest, "championship at best" sums it up. If the performances against Sheffield U, Burnley, Fulham and Newcastle were all that a world-class manager could get out of them, the disappearance of Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, and probably Richarlison and Godfrey should leave Everton comfortably in the relegation battle this year, no doubt with a civil war going on about whichever manager is selected, whether an ex-RS has-been, or another whose main CV experience has been "getting relegated".
Still, at least watching England the other night reminded me of what it's like to watch Everton - a test of faith rather than reason. (Not that I regard a team where Kane plays before DCL or Vardy, or Rashford before Grealish or Bellingham, or the entire set of dross that was England's midfield before Lingard with any affection or loyalty.)
76 Posted 25/06/2021 at 12:58:48
Maybe we can get Niassie back to replace him?
Grim days ahead for our beloved club
77 Posted 25/06/2021 at 13:29:25
However, the lad doesnt want to be here now Carlo has gone so we may as well let him go.
Sad times and the people on here calling Ancelotti the Italian Sam Allardyce will soon see the pull that the guy had to attract quality players to Everton. Pity he didnt stay to add to the list.
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