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Ancelotti: “James Rodriguez was desperate in Real Madrid and now he’s in the right place”

The Italian coach talked to NBC Sports about James’ years in Madrid.

Everton v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Visionhaus

Former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti talked to NBC Sports and shared his thoughts on James’ departure from the Spanish capital to join him at Everton.

“First of all, James Rodriguez wanted to find a new club where he could play more often than what he was playing at Real Madrid. He spent quite some time in Spain, in Madrid and he didn’t play much. He wanted a new challenge and was desperate. I think he is in the right place now because he knows me and I know him. Everton want to improve and have a big project so I think he found the right club for him to show his quality,” said Ancelotti.

Ancelotti has always been a big fan of James and he also praised the Colombian playmaker.

“He’s a great, talented player. He doesn’t miss passes, never loses control of the ball or wastes shots on target. He doesn’t play complicated football, he thinks of football as a simple thing,” explained Ancelotti.

Everton started the season playing great football and even led the table, but they’ve lost their last three games in the Premier League. So far, James has been a key player for them and also a quality signing.

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