Everton believe Richarlison’s situation has changed after James Rodriguez moved to Everton


Kevin Campbell believes Everton has secured “world-class talent” in the form of James Rodriguez. The Blues confirmed the signing of the Colombian midfielder from Real Madrid on Monday night.

The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third season in a move that sees him bond with Carlo Ancelotti for the third time.

Ancelotti signed James from Monaco as manager of Real Madrid in 2014, before securing his services on a two-season loan for Bayern Munich three years later.

And Campbell has no doubts that Ancelotti’s influence was the biggest driving force behind making the deal.

“James Rodriguez is a world-class talent,” the former Blues skipper told Genting Betting.

“There aren’t a lot of times you can say Everton signed a player in his prime from Real Madrid. Due to the Carlo Ancelotti factor, Everton are able to do this.

“Now Everton are going to have to work out the system in order to get the most out of him because we know what he can do.

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“After all, he’s a World Cup Golden Boot winner. This is the type of talent and quality that comes into the club.

“So I’m sure Ancelotti will do very well and give him the opportunity to flourish. I just want to see it so well because I think when players like this come into the Premier League it is such a blessing for the league and Everton for a player like this to come and join him.

Although Campbell also believes striker Richarlison would reject a move to Barcelona due to the quality of the players who are currently joining Everton.

He said, “Richarlison is not going anywhere. I’m not afraid Richarlison is heading for Barcelona – they are now on a different tangent.

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“When you see the quality of the players come into the club, he will rub his hands and think, now we have a team.

“A lot of the work he had to do backwards, he’s not going to have to do it now.

“In addition, there are a lot of problems in Barcelona right now and he won’t want any of that. So I don’t see it anywhere.

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