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Rodriguez loses interest, eager to leave Everton

The Toffees midfielder chatting on his Twitch stream to keep busy


James Rodriguez has shockingly revealed that he ‘doesn’t even know’ who Everton are playing this weekend, as the Colombian’s future remains unclear.

The 30-year-old was unable to feature in Everton’s opening-day win over Southampton, being one of five players who had to isolate due to coronavirus issues.

Everton play Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon but Rodriguez, whose future remains unclear having been told he can leave this summer, revealed on his Twitch stream that he won’t be in action once more – while stating he wasn’t actually sure who their opponents were.

Rodriguez still hasn’t played in front of the Everton faithful since making his stunning £20million switch from Real Madrid last summer, though revealing he will return to the Toffees’ Finch Farm training base next week.

‘I will start training on Monday, I think’, Rodriguez explained on his stream.

‘On the weekend I will not play, I don’t even know who Everton is playing, can you please tell me?’

‘I think it is away because the past was here at home,’ he said shortly after, ‘Ah, against Leeds they play, away from home, against (Marcelo) Bielsa, a difficult game, let’s see what happens, hopefully they win.’

The midfielder’s position at the club has been particularly precarious since Carlo Ancelotti left for Real Madrid, with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez coming to Goodison Park as his replacement.

Everton have spent just £1.7m this summer, signing Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray, with Benitez admitting that they must sell before buying due to Financial Fair Play rules.

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Sportsmail revealed back in June that Rodriguez was being offered to clubs around Europe, with Porto expressing an interest for the midfielder, who earns around £220,000 per week.

With less than two weeks remaining before transfer deadline day on August 31, Rodriguez says anything could happen.




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