James Rodriguez’s future appears to be at a crossroads.
The Colombian international moved to Everton in the summer of 2020, but struggled for game-time through injury. Making 23 appearances, Rodriguez provided six goals and five assists, but faded as the season ended.
He was subsequently not picked in Colombia’s squad for the upcoming Copa America, staged in Brazil.
And it is safe to say that he was not happy at the decision.
âYo querÃa jugar la Copa AmÃ©rica con la SelecciÃ³n Colombia. Yo estoy bien para jugar. Es una decisiÃ³n del cuerpo tÃ©cnico que no comparto, porque me faltaron al respetoâ: palabras de James RodrÃguez en un Instagram Live con Camilo ZÃºÃ±iga y TeÃ³filo GutiÃ©rrezpic.twitter.com/PVMSip7bLE
â WillyRodrÃguez (@WillyRodri13) June 12, 2021
Speaking on an Instagram live session, Rodriguez said:
“I would have wanted to play the Copa America with Colombia. I’m good to play. It’s a decision made by the coaching staff that I don’t share, because they don’t respect me”.Â Â
The Colombian midfielder continued:
âThere are many who said that I was not well.Â I remind those who tell me that I was bad: in the 80 games I played for the National Team, I will have played what … five or 10 poorly. What about the other 70?”Â
“Que se recuerde que cuando yo no estaba bien, yo me ponÃa la camiseta y como era?, de los 80PJ cuantos e jugado mal 5-10 fÃ¡cil y los otros 70?, siempre rendÃ, asÃ que no me vengan ahora con Huevonadasâ¦ Con todo respeto”. James RodrÃguez
…Pide gratitud y estoy de acuerdo. pic.twitter.com/RchZUAlQ0Z
â Marlon K-ntilloâ² (@CantilloMarlon) June 12, 2021
It remains to be seen where James’ future lies, with his favoured coach Carlo Ancelotti leaving Merseyside to rejoin Real Madrid, where he bought Rodriguez from last summer.
However, it appears unlikely that James will be linking up with the Italian again for Los Blancos,Â even if given the chance. The Colombian said:
“For Real, I believe, it is a closed cycle”Â
Does this mean that the creative midfielder will end his career in the blue of Everton?
Quotes taken and translated from El Heraldo
This article was edited by Tom Canton.
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