By Adefunmiloye Alani

9th Sep, 2021 | 7:10pm

Ahmet Bulut: James Rodriguez turned down summer chance to join Basaksehir

James Rodriguez turned down a chance to join Basaksehir on loan from Everton during the summer transfer window, according to Ahmet Bulut.

The Turkish football agent told FotoMac that the President of the Super Lig outfit had agreed to terms of the deal, but the Colombian international midfielder, 30, rejected the move for a chance in England.

Rodriguez is now back in training with Everton having been unavailable for a large chunk of the campaign, and he will now look to find a way back into the first-team.

“There was a possibility that James would come to Başakşehir,” Bulut said (as shared on FotoMac official Twitter account).

“The Göksel president agreed. However, the player had no intention of leaving.

“Normally, he would come on loan. He did not transfer because he thought he could find a chance in England.”

Second chance?

Bulut did not go into the specific details of personal terms, but Basaksehir could have been ready to pay the wages of the Toffees ace, or both clubs could have agreed to share it.

Everton would have been pleased with either, but the player was not particularly excited about going to Turkey.

The Super Lig is often seen as a sort of retirement league in Europe, and Rodriguez was clearly not willing to move to such a league right now.

He needs to be playing regularly at a top league if he wants to represent his country at the World Cup next summer, and it appears he is resolved to force his way into Rafa Benitez’s plans at Goodison Park after a move to one of Europe’s top leagues fell through.

Returning to training does not guarantee anything, but it gives him a realistic chance of proving what he is capable of doing if the Spaniard were to change his mind.

Benitez is not a fan of the Colombian’s work ethic, and whether he can get to change his mind remains to be seen.

There are less than four months left before the winter transfer window opens, and a lot could still happen between now and then.

In other Everton news, a pundit has predicted what is next in Rodriguez-Toffees saga after the window shut.

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