Noel Whelan has urged Carlo Ancelotti to take “rough diamond” James Rodriguez and transform him into an Everton gem.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed whilst the 28-year-old has struggled of late he still possesses an “immense amount of talent”.

According to Marca, Zinedine Zidane sees the Colombian as surplus to requirements at Real Madrid and the club will look to offload him this summer – the Toffees a potential suitor.

Ancelotti is tipped to swoop for the player he signed from Monaco whilst manager at the Bernabeu in 2014.

Since the mega-money move, Rodriguez has failed to live up to the exceptional standards set in the 2014 World Cup where he collected the Golden Boot award.

Whelan suggested Ancelotti will be one of many managers who will believe they can return the playmaker to his best.

“Every manager will believe they can get the best out of him,” he told Football Insider.

“If anyone can – Ancelotti can.

“You are not going to turn that down and the chance to work for him and you are not going to turn down the Premier League at a great club like Everton. If it does materialise it might be the perfect fit for both. He has an immense amount of talent and I would love to see it happen.

“Yes, it has never worked out but maybe a permanent deal at a club like Everton could be great. They could be very exciting to watch with the flare they already have there.

“He is a player that I am sure many teams will take a chance on. Ancelotti might take that leap of faith and bring in a diamond in the rough.”

Rodriguez, who spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich, has only 13 appearances to his name this campaign.

In other Everton news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider Serie A giant is “an absolute definite” ahead of next season.