By Noel Whelan

7th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

Everton told to offload Rodriguez this month to avoid dressing room unrest - pundit

Noel Whelan has urged Everton to sanction a loan exit for James Rodriguez amid reported interest from Turkey.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker claimed the 30-year-old could have a destabilising impact on the squad if he is “unhappy” at Goodison Park.

According to Foot Mercato (September 5th), Istanbul Basaksehir are interested in signing the Colombia international on loan.

The Turkish transfer window does not close until tomorrow.

Rodriguez does not appear to be part of new Toffees manager Rafael Benitez’s plans for the 2021-22 campaign.

The ex-Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star has not featured in any of Everton’s games this season.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if a loan exit would be best for all parties, Whelan said:

“It’s best that he goes out on loan if things cannot be rectified between manager and player.

“If he is unhappy and does not want to play then the only thing you can do is get him out the door.

“It’s not good for the squad to have a player that doesn’t want to be there in the dressing room. You want a happy, harmonious squad who want to play for the badge.

“If he is not interested in doing that then there is only one solution. It would be for everyone’s benefit if he went out on loan.

“Get him away from the training ground because having a negative influence like that around is not good. You do not want to see that.”

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