James Rodriguez has reiterated he would be happy to return to Everton, insisting he ‘didn’t have any problems’ with anyone at Goodison Park.
Rodriguez currently finds himself plying his trade in Qatar with Al Rayyan, whom he joined from Everton in September last year.
He had spent a year with the Blues after arriving on a free transfer from Real Madrid but was quick to make clear he wanted to leave when Carlo Ancelotti left to rejoin the Spanish giants.
While Ancelotti’s departure was part of the reason, it was the Italian’s replacement Rafa Benitez that caused the real issue.
It had been well established he was not a fan of Rodriguez after their time together at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the two had had a very public falling out.
He’s now been replaced by Frank Lampard, a change which seems to have caused Rodriguez to have a change of heart about a possible return to Merseyside.
“It would be a possibility,” Semana report him saying on Twitch.
“If they want to, I would be open to that. I didn’t have any problems with anyone there.”
Whether Everton would be open to such an idea is up for debate. Rodriguez shone when he first arrived at Goodison Park, but those bright moments were few and far between.
It became quite apparent he wasn’t cut out for life in the Premier League, with injuries taking their toll and seeing him miss large parts of the campaign.
He’s hardly been shining since then and the Blues have moved on, particularly under Lampard, whose focus now appears to be on youth and high pressing, neither of which Rodriguez can offer.