By Elliott Cuff

16th Feb, 2021 | 8:00pm

Report claims James Rodriguez is unhappy in England, could seek Everton exit

James Rodriguez could be ready to seek a summer exit from Everton in order to return to Spain, according to Real Madrid-oriented outlet Defensa Central.

The Colombian playmaker only joined the Toffees in the summer, leaving Real Madrid to link up with Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti for the third time in his career.

However now Defensa Central claim that the former World Cup Golden Boot winner is eyeing a move to Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

According to Defensa Central’s report, James is beginning to become “unhappy” in England. The ex-Galactico is struggling to cope with British weather, British customs and the physical nature of the Premier League.

Though James is said to be enjoying playing under Ancelotti, the Colombia international is also said to have made it clear to those around him that he wants to move back to Madrid, a city he would prefer to live in.

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James Rodriguez to Everton always seemed liked an impossible ask – a dream transfer that was never likely to come to fruition – but lo and behold, the Colombian is a Blue.

Whether he remains a Blue in the long run though isn’t really all that relevant, partly because the playmaker is fast approaching 30, but mostly because signing a player of James’ calibre always held wider connotations for the club.

Everton have been a club that have been forced to wheel and deal in the past, with David Moyes’ tenure as boss built on frugality and sensible spending. It has only been in the past five years that Everton have had money to spend, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Having the money to buy top talent and convincing top talent to play for Everton are two entirely different things, and what signing James Rodriguez did more than anything else was show that Everton are a club who can attract elite players, and that they are a club worth playing for.

Should James decide to leave the club, it will of course be disappointing. However, it won’t take back the larger impact that landing someone of his calibre had on the club’s future progression.

In other Everton news, Ancelotti believes Everton every chance to get a result against Manchester City on Wednesday.