By Noel Whelan

26th Jun, 2021 | 8:53am

Rodriguez may push for Everton exit over broken promises - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested James Rodriguez may be looking to leave Everton following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 29-year-old would have been made promises by the club when he signed last year on the proviso Ancelotti would still be in charge.

As reported by the Daily Mail (June 23rd), Rodriguez’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has offered his client to the likes of Napoli, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid to try and fashion a move.

Rodriguez worked with Ancelotti at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich before reuniting at Everton.

Whelan suggested the Colombia international only joined the Toffees because of the Italian coach.

As such, he suggested Rodriguez would be questioning his future on Merseyside.

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“Look, he’d have been promised everything in a long-term commitment at Everton knowing Ancelotti would be there,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“There’s been a massive U-turn in that, him going back to Real Madrid.

“That would have upset the player because of that relationship and bond he had with the manager.

“He’s only been there one season and probably hasn’t settled in himself. That has a huge impact on a player.

“He’s an exciting player that the fans have not even been able to see properly yet. That opportunity has not really been fulfilled by him in front of the Goodison faithful.

“That could turn everything around because you know they bring in a great atmosphere.”

Rodriguez scored six goals and contributed nine assists in 26 appearances for Everton during the 2020/21 campaign.

He still has another year on his contract, while Everton hold the option of a one-year extension.

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