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'I don't think Ancelotti is going to take me': Everton ace plays down talk of summer exit

Everton playmaker James Rodriguez has played down talk of a summer exit following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti.

Speaking on Instagram Live via MSN Deportes, the Colombian international revealed that he will likely stay with Everton for one more year. Rodriguez’s deal with the club expires in 2022.

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Rodriguez joined the Toffees last year after being released from Real Madrid. In His first season with the club, the 29-year-old scored six goals and assisted nine in 26 appearances for the Premier League side.

‘The cycle for me with Real Madrid is closed’

Ancelotti played a big role in convincing the South American superstar to join Everton last year. However, there are now murmurs that Rodriguez could leave the Merseyside club following Ancelotti’s move to Madrid.

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Yet Rodriguez has seemingly ended speculation that he will quit Everton to return to Madrid. The 29-year-old midfielder said when asked if he will follow Ancelotti to Spain: “I don’t know, I think not.

“If I stay another year [at Everton] that’s fine. I don’t think Ancelotti is going to take me. The cycle for me with Real Madrid is closed.”

Rodriguez will be key for Everton post-Ancelotti

With just one year left on his current deal, Rodriguez will likely see out his contract with Everton. Yet despite this, the Colombian playmaker will be key for the Toffees in their first season post-Ancelotti.

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With reports suggesting the club are close to appointing former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo as manager, Everton are embarking into a brand-new world that could finally take them to the next level. And Rodriguez will be crucial for this.

The former AS Monaco superstar was one of Everton’s stand out performers last season, and under the management of Nuno and some smart signings from Marcel Brands, the Merseyside club could be an interesting watch in the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.

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