Abdoulaye Doucoure believes Real Madrid made a mistake letting James Rodriguez leave the club.
The forward sealed a transfer to Everton in the summer, and it later transpired that the Toffees didn’t actually pay Real any transfer fee.
The Colombian star had struggled in the past few years – a loan move to Bayern Munich failing to kickstart his career.
He was finally let go by Madrid – who paid a whopping £71 million for him in 2014 (BBC Sport) – and the Spanish giants’ loss has turned out to be Everton’s gain.
Rodriguez has been superb since joining, and Doucoure – who also pitched up at Goodison Park this summer – has expressed his surprise at Real’s decision.
He told Onze Mondial: “I think Real made a mistake in letting him go. I was able to chat with him. He told me that Zidane had his starting XI and that it was difficult to get into his eleven. Real have a lot of quality players, but James is a wonderful player, he has it all.”
TBR’s View – Real Madrid’s loss, Everton’s gain
Everton have faltered in recent weeks, but Rodriguez’s quality is clear for all to see.
Certainly after the first month or so of the new season, it was remarkable to think Real would be happy to let him leave, and for no compensation at all.
The hope for Everton will be that he can remain fit for most of the season – if he can, Europe is surely a realistic ambition.