The Colombian midfielder has been tipped to find his former coach at Real, but he has just ruled out this possibility.
James Rodriguez doesn’t expect to follow Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid.
Rodriguez worked with Ancelotti on his first stint at the Santiago Bernabeu and the Italian then loaned him to Bayern Munich. The two were reunited at Everton, but they were once again separated following Ancelotti’s decision to return to Madrid this summer to replace Zinedine Zidane.
There have been rumors that the manager could push his club to re-sign the 29-year-old, but Rodriguez doubts that will happen. “I do not know [si je retournerai à Madrid]. I don’t think so, we are watching. If I stay at Everton for a year, I’m fine “, he said in a live Instagram chat.
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“I don’t think Ancelotti is going to take me. The cycle for me with Real Madrid is closed, I don’t think I’ll go there, but I’m still young“, he added.
The Colombia international joined Madrid from Monaco in 2014 when Ancelotti was in charge of the Merengue. Despite a brilliant start to the Spanish capital, the midfielder’s career was disrupted by injuries and he eventually fell out of favor. He was then loaned to Bayern for two years, reuniting with Ancelotti, but the German side decided not to sign him permanently.
He was unable to regain his place in Madrid and teamed up with Ancelotti for the third time when he joined Goodison Park last summer.
The ex-Porto star signed a two-year contract with an option for a third for the Toffees and immediately became a regular at the first team. But his season was once again interrupted by injury and he was limited to 23 Premier League appearances.