Everton have announced the signing of former Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez on an initial two-year deal in one of the most high-profile moves of the transfer window.
James, who wanted to leave Madrid last summer, makes it three clubs at which he has worked with Carlo Ancelotti, alongside Bayern Munich.
Speaking to Everton’s official website, James detailed Ancelotti’s “massive” influence in his decision.
The Colombia international said: ” 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.
“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is.
“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.”
According to The Times‘ Paul Joyce, the deal cost Everton less than £20million. James has the option of a third year at Goodison Park, which will be activated if he plays a certain number of games.
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The playmaker added how he has serious ambitions of winning silverware with the Toffees.
“I’m a winner, I’m a real winner,” Rodriguez said. “I can see the plans here, the project here is very serious. Everyone means business.
“I think the seriousness and determination to win trophies can lead to silverware.
“I can see, too, these fans are real, true supporters.
“I hope we can have a good, positive, mutual feeling between ourselves.
“What they can be sure of is I am going to give everything in every game situation, every play, every build-up. I will be trying my absolute best.
“I have sensed that good feeling right from the very start, and it is excellent.”
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James is Everton’s second major signing of the transfer window, after Allan moved to Merseyside from Napoli.
Ancelotti said of the latest signing: “James, as everyone knows, is a fantastic player with a lot of quality and a lot of ability to make assists for the strikers.
“He’s really excited about the project of the club and the fact we want to improve. He was really excited to sign and I didn’t spend time to convince him – he was already convinced.
“Players like James and Allan can help us to be better and we can help them to be better. This kind of connection can be helpful to improve the results, the team and results of this club.”
Everton begin their Premier League campaign away at Tottenham on Sunday.
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