By Paddy Kenny

22nd Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit makes 'unbelievable' Rodriguez claim amid journalist update on Everton exit

Paddy Kenny has branded James Rodriguez’s prospective move from Everton to Qatar a “massive waste of talent”.

The former Premier League goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, questioned why the Colombia international would leave top-class football at just 30-years-old.

As reported by reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano (22nd September), Rodriguez has finalised a move to Al Rayyan after Rafael Benitez confirmed he was in Qatar to complete the deal.

The Qatari side released a teaser trailer appearing to confirm Rodriguez’s arrival.

Kenny insisted he would understand Rodriguez moving to the Middle East at the end of his career.

However, he suggested the playmaker is wasting his “unbelievably” ability.

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Kenny told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “Why? How hold is he now, 30, 31?

“If he was 35 I’d get it but he’s got three or four unbelievable seasons in him yet, surely. Surely he can compete at the top level in the Premier League.

“He can be in the best league in the world and perform week in, week out instead of going over there. Who’s going to see him over there?

“I don’t know anything about that league, I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game. Why he’d want to go over there at 30, 31 – listen, 35, 36, I get it. End of your career, line your pockets. I haven’t got a problem with that.

“I just feel it’s a massive waste of talent. He’s going waste a few years of his career. We’re not going to see a lot of him now, are we?”

Rodriguez played 26 times for Everton after joining last summer.

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