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James Rodriguez confirms he wanted Atletico Madrid transfer but Real blocked move before Ancelotti lured him to Everton

JAMES RODRIGUEZ has admitted he wanted a move to Atletico Madrid but it was blocked by Real Madrid.

The Colombia star was denied the move to their rivals and ended up joining Everton.

James Rodriguez wanted a move to Atletico Madrid


James Rodriguez wanted a move to Atletico MadridCredit: Getty

Rodriguez told ESPN: “I played very little in Madrid. Especially in my second spell.

“After leaving Bayern I had everything ready to join Atletico Madrid, but Real Madrid didn’t let me.”

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The playmaker instead ended up joining Everton last summer and credits Carlo Ancelotti for convincing him to move to England.

Rodriguez said: “If it weren’t for Carlo, I wouldn’t have come [to Everton].

“It’s the truth. Then, I started to get to know the club, the people, and I saw that everyone wanted to win, like me. But Carlo being here was fundamental.

“It hasn’t been easy for me due to physical problems, but I know that when I play well, the team play well.

“I’ve shown my strength at the club, and with my teammates. I want Everton to play good football.”

The former Real Madrid talent has been out for more than a month due to a calf injury but is available to return against Crystal Palace tonight.

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The 29-year-old believes there is more to come from him at Everton after a dip in form over the winter.

Rodriguez has scored five goals and provided five assists during his first season in the Premier League.

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