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James Rodriguez eager to get stuck in to Everton role

Reflected
glory:
Ancelotti and
Rodriguez
arrive for
media duties
yesterday
PICTURE: GETTY

MARQUEE signing James Rodriguez believes Everton ‘mean business’ and is confident they can end their wait for a trophy.

The Toffees paid Real Madrid just £20million for the Colombia midfielder, who won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup.

Rodriguez’s career has been mixed since then but reuniting with Carlo Ancelotti — the man who got so much out of him during the 2014-15 season and whom he also played under at Bayern Munich on loan — has led to hopes he will return to his very best.

Rodriguez arrives on Merseyside with huge expectations on him to spark a revival not just in his own career but in Everton’s midfield and in the club’s prospects of returning to Europe.

The 29-year-old has already targeted winning a trophy. ‘Why not? It is a club that means business,’ he said. ‘There are a lot of serious-minded people at the club at all levels who mean to achieve and that means winning trophies.That won’t happen overnight but I have seen real positive signs we can make progress but I think trophies are more than a possibility.

‘I am the sort of person that always wants to achieve more and more in my career and my life. It is a new league I am coming to and an important, big one but I am also the sort of person that learns things every day.’

Rodriguez arrived to a huge fanfare with the club projecting his image onto Colpatria Tower, one of the tallest building in Colombia’s capital Bogota, Times Square in New York and Miami Beach, in addition to Goodison Park and the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool.

He added: ‘It is great for the club and nice for me also that there is so much interest but I don’t pay so much attention.

‘I have sensed that affection and I want everyone to know it is mutual, from me to them as well.’