"Nobody wanted to take him" - Faustino Asprilla concern over James Rodriguez Everton future

By Jake Bayliss

James Rodriguez is yet to feature for Everton so far this season and Colombian legend Faustino Asprilla has revealed his concern about his countryman.

The 30-year-old was a marquee signing for the Toffees last summer, as the former Real Madrid star was reunited with Carlo Ancelotti for a third time.

However, despite displaying moments of pure quality throughout his debut season, Rodriguez hasn’t been named in any matchday squads under new boss Rafa Benitez .

The playmaker was expected to secure a move away from the Blues in the transfer window, but Asprilla has spoken out about why he believes Rodriguez has remained with Everton .

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“During the [World Cup] qualifiers, in Barranquilla I met an agent," Asprilla explained.

"We met in a restaurant. He speaks very good Spanish, he is Italian, he works with the people of Manchester.

“He told me a story that James, right now in this market, was offered to all the teams in Italy and nobody wanted to take him because of the problems of talking on Twitch. They were even being offered half the salary.”

A talismanic figure when at his best, Rodriguez caused controversy last month when he admitted on social media platform Twitch that he didn’t know who Everton were playing next, ahead of their trip to Leeds.

Having earned his £63m move to Real Madrid following a string of stunning performances for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup, Everton’s number 19 was left out of the most recent national team squad, after also missing this summer’s Copa America through injury.

Former Newcastle striker Asprilla has expressed his fear over Rodriguez being unable to find a new club during the transfer window, despite his notable pedigree.

“He is a very important agent, and without me asking him, told me that. Nobody received him and he is the top player of a World Cup”, he reportedly told ESPN’s Equipo F show.

"When a footballer makes a name, in Europe they respect that a lot and it’s easy to get you.

"What worries is that they have to call to auction James for all the teams and no one chooses him. Normally they would have to fight over it."

Rodriguez stated that he was “ready” for selection ahead of Monday night’s win over Burnley, after being a set challenge by Benitez, following his return to Merseyside.

"It was not easy, because he was available in the transfer window”, Benitez admitted last week.

"I think he realised he has to improve in a lot of things. He has to focus, he has to show his commitment. That's what he's trying to do and that is good for us.”

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