Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti insists James Rodriguez will ‘not be a one-season wonder like Samuel Eto’o’ who lasted just 20 games before heading out
- Ancelotti insists that James Rodriguez will be no wonder for one season at Everton
- The Everton boss says Rodriguez is ‘happy and comfortable’ in Goodison Park
- Ancelotti doesn’t think he will be a repeat of Samuel Eto’o who has lasted 20 games
- Everton’s manager says Rodriguez is ‘happy and comfortable’ at the club
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that James Rodriguez will not be a one-season wonder at Everton, like the club’s previous Galactico signing, 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 much-discussed Real Madrid move.
He will miss out against West Ham on Sunday with a calf problem in the warm-up for Everton’s defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that James Rodriguez (above) won’t be a one-season wonder at Everton
While recent omens don’t look promising for the 2014 Golden Boot winner, Ancelotti doesn’t think his Colombian star will be a repeat of Eto’o who joined Everton to Chelsea’s excitement, but only lasted 20 appearances.
“I don’t think we can compare,” Ancelotti said. ‘James Rodriguez chose this club because I think he was enthusiastic about the project and he is still enthusiastic about the project.
‘He played here for a year, I think he is happy, he feels comfortable here. He had some issues, of course, but this doesn’t diminish his desire to stay here and play for Everton for the future. ‘
Everton’s manager says Rodriguez is “ happy and comfortable ” in Edison Park
Ancelotti doesn’t think his Colombian star will be a repeat of Eto’o (above) who joined Everton much to Chelsea’s excitement, but it only lasted 20 appearances.
Still, the Italian reiterated that Everton’s transfer policy will not be judged by reputation this summer.
‘The goal is not to have big names here. The goal is to have good players who are needed to improve the quality and strength of the squad, ” said Ancelotti, who has been linked with Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.
‘We didn’t just contract James Rodriguez last year. We also drew (Ben) Godfrey, Allan and (Abdoulaye) Doucoure. It doesn’t matter whether they are a big name or not. ‘
‘We want to attract players who will improve us – and we are going to sign them.
‘I don’t believe that qualification will make a difference for Europe. Of course it would be a step forward for everyone – for me, for the players who are already there and for any new players.
‘But what we think doesn’t change whether we’re in Europe or not. The idea of the project is to improve next season and be more competitive. ‘
Ancelotti and Everton’s European hopes have been dented by eight defeats at Goodison Park
Everton gets a boost from the availability of midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (above)
Everton’s European expectations have been dented by eight defeats to Goodison, but head to London on Sunday among the top Premier League travelers.
A record three-time Champions League winner, Ancelotti says the success of England’s teams in Europe this season underscores the extent of Everton’s task of even breaking through to the Europa League qualifying spots.
‘I totally agree that the Premier League is the toughest competition in the world. Qualifying for Europe through the Premier League is not easy as there are fantastic teams here already competing for the Champions League and Europa League. ‘
Everton is boosted at London Stadium by the availability of midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure who missed two months after breaking a bone in his foot.