By Noel Whelan

27th Jun, 2021 | 10:00am

Everton told to green light Rodriguez exit 'if he's not willing to play' - Whelan

Noel Whelan has urged Everton to give James Rodriguez the green light to leave this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested keeping an “unhappy” player would do more harm than good. 

As reported by the Daily Mail (June 23rd), Rodriguez is ready to leave Goodison Park and has been offered to potential suitors by his agent Jorge Mendes.

The Colombia international still has a year left on his contract at Everton, although the club holds an optional one-year extension clause.

Whelan suggested Rodriguez would be “upset” by Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.

As such, he urged the club to sanction his exit this summer.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You’ve got to let him go.

“If he’s a player that is unhappy, upset by this decision and feels uncomfortable at the football club, you’ve got to go.

“No matter how big a name, if you’ve got that kind of player there, it could be really detrimental to your challenge that season.

“You don’t want a player that isn’t happy and is upset, especially somebody with a big personality like Rodriguez.

“They’re gonna lose a fantastic, great creative player.

“If he’s not willing to play and he’s upset by the manager and only came because of the manager, and he’s got nothing else there that’s going to keep him there and keep him happy, then you’ve got to let him go.

“No matter how big the name is, because sometimes the bigger the name, the bigger the problem is in the changing room.

Rodriguez joined on a free transfer from Real Madrid last summer.

He made 26 appearances across all competitions, with six goals and nine assists under his belt.

In other news, Marcel Brands has told Everton his choice of new manager.