By Alex McLeish

30th Jun, 2021 | 6:00pm

Ex-manager tips Benitez to let Rodriguez quit Everton after Mendes reveal

Alex McLeish has suggested Rafael Benitez could allow James Rodriguez to leave Everton after being appointed manager.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Spaniard may want a “different type of player” at Goodison Park.

As reported by the Daily Mail (June 23rd), Rodriguez’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has offered the playmaker to several European clubs to try and fashion a move.

It is said the Colombia international is looking to leave Goodison Park following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.

Everton confirmed on Wednesday (June 30th) Benitez had signed a three-year deal to succeed Ancelotti as manager.

McLeish admitted Rodriguez had a mixed first season on Merseyside.

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As such, he suggested Benitez may be willing to let him leave this summer.

“Rafa might not want James,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Let’s face it, it was a wee bit of an up and down season for him. When we saw him in his top moments, everybody’s in awe of that particular player.

“You think: ‘Phwoar, what a player,’ and then he’s had some injury problems. His form dipped a wee bit.

“It could be that Rafa is thinking I need a different type of player. Rodrigues, he knows many great managers over the world would probably want to have.

“Therefore, I do see it being a possibility that James will leave Everton.”

Rodrigues scored six goals and contributed nine assists in 26 games for Everton last term.

However, he suffered persistent calf problems which limited his availability under Ancelotti.

In other news, Everton submit big-money offer to star who had bust-up last term.