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OFFICIAL: James Rodriguez signs for Everton

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James Rodriguez has completed his long awaited move to Premier League side Everton ahead of the start of the new season.

The Colombia international had been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu with Everton touted as favourite for his signature.

And now the Merseyside outfit have officially announced that the attacking midfielder has joined them, penning a two-year deal with an option to extend for another 12 months.

He has won eight domestic titles, across four countries, claimed two Champions Leagues with Real Madrid and, when at Porto, was a Europa League winner in 2010/11.

James was named La Liga’s best midfielder after scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists in 29 games under Carlo Ancelotti in 2014/15.

Having completed his move, the 29-year-old told Everton’s official website: “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.

“I’m a winner, I’m a real winner. 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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