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James Rodriguez 'close to joining unnamed Qatari club' to end his nightmare Everton spell

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Everton outcast James Rodriguez ‘close to joining an unnamed Qatari club after leaving England on Sunday’ as he looks to end his nightmare Goodison Park stay


James Rodriguez is close to completing a move to Qatar as his Everton career looks set to be over, according to reports.

The Colombian midfielder was a regular under Carlo Ancelotti last season but new manager Rafa Benitez told Rodriguez that he will not be part of his plans at Goodison Park this term.

Rodriguez has not been named in a single Toffees matchday squad this season after a deadline day move to FC Porto fell through.

James Rodriguez is close to completing a move to Qatar, according to reports

James Rodriguez is close to completing a move to Qatar, according to reports

And according to The Athletic, the 30-year-old is in talks with an unnamed Qatari club after he was spotted leaving England via Manchester Airport on Sunday.

Rodriguez arrived at Goodison Park 12 months ago from Real Madrid to link up with former Los Blancos boss Ancelotti, with the signing creating great excitement amongst Toffees supporters.

A great start to life at Everton saw the Colombian score three goals and register three assists in his first six Premier League games, but his debut campaign in England was ruined from then on by calf injuries and inconsistent form.

Benitez replaced Ancelotti, who returned to former club Real, earlier this summer and the Spanish coach gave Rodriguez a chance to prove his worth in pre-season.

Despite some appearances, the midfielder was informed by Benitez that he was no longer required on Merseyside and has been searching for a new club since the start of the Premier League season.

Benitez refused to call up Rodriguez to Saturday’s 3-0 defeat away at Aston Villa, even though the Everton boss only named eight substitutes instead of the nine allowed in a matchday squad, with the Toffees currently in an injury crisis.

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