James Rodriguez lifts the lid on Everton future, rules out a return to Real Madrid

James Rodriguez lifts the lid on Everton future, but rules out a return to Real Madrid. Rather he is more interested and optimistic about playing in Italy.

James Rodriguez of Everton against Crystal Palace
James Rodriguez of Everton against Crystal Palace

The Colombian’s future at Goodison Park is up in the air following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.

Everton star James Rodriguez is facing an uncertain future at Goodison Park following Carlo Ancelotti‘s departure to Real Madrid.

Ancelotti played a vital role behind the Colombian’s move to Goodison Park last summer; however, the Italian has left the Toffees to join his former club Los Blancos.

With Rafa Benitez being appointed as the new manager, James is pondering over his future in the Premier League, and he has confessed that he doesn’t know where he will be playing next season.

James, on his exit, rumours: “They are asking me a lot where I am going to play. I don’t know, and the truth is a quite complicated issue. Let’s see what happens.

“I don’t want to say yes and no, because I don’t know. I’m training well and hard. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know where I’m going to play. In football and in life, we don’t know anything. 

“I’m training hard, preparing well, training for myself, and that’s it. You have to think about the present, and the present is here. I’m training hard for everything to come.”

It has been rumoured that Ancelotti wants a reunion with the Colombian at Santiago Bernabeu. However, Rodriguez has ruled out the possibility.

When asked about his possible return to the Spanish capital, he replied: “No, I don’t think so. It is a closed cycle now, which is not going to be repeated.”

However, he also added that he could try his luck in Serie A, the league which hasn’t played before.

The Colombian playmaker added: “I don’t know where I’m going to go, where they want me, you have to be where they want you, or else you can go.”

“I’ve already played in all of them. I am missing Italy, but I don’t know. It would be a good option, but I don’t know if it will come to pass in the future. I still haven’t played in Italy. It would be good to make that record.”

The 30-year-old looked well on track during the first half of the Premier League last season, but his performances withered as the season progressed due to injuries.

The Colombian national team also snubbed james for the Copa America 2021.

It remains to be seen where James would end up eventually, with Benitez reportedly giving the nod for his sale.