Everton have confirmed the sensational signing of Real Madrid playmaker James Rodríguez.
James joins the club on a two-year deal, for a reported fee of €25m despite his Madrid contract expiring next summer.
“I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well,” James told the Toffees’ official website.
“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is.
A new stage for a new challenge in my career. Happy, eager to start and full of ambition, dedication and commitment.
— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) September 7, 2020
“I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football.
“I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons [I signed] was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti.
“I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here.”
The Colombian links up with Ancelotti once again, who previously coached the 29-year-old at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
A joint Golden Boot winner at the 2014 World Cup, James spent six seasons in the Spanish capital (with two on loan at Bayern) and made a total of 125 appearances.