Everton complete James Rodriguez coup

James Rodriguez has been reunited with Carlo Ancelotti for a third time after Everton announced the signing of the Colombian from Real Madrid on a two-year deal, with the club having the option of a third season.

The 29-year-old was brought to the Bernabeu shortly after his starring role at the 2014 World Cup by Ancelotti, who then linked up with the playmaker three years later when Bayern Munich signed the player on loan.

Rodriguez spent two years with the Bundesliga giants before returning to Real, where he made just 14 appearances in all competitions last season, clearly surplus to requirements under head coach Zinedine Zidane.

He has become the Toffees' second summer signing – after Brazil international Allan, who also worked under Ancelotti when they were at Napoli.

"I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well," Rodriguez told evertonfc.com.

"I'm looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone's aim is.

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Colombia's Santiago Trellez (L) and James Rodriguez celebrate after scoring against Peru's during their Copa Sudamericana Sub17 soccer championship match in Ibarra March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Xavier Parra (ECUADOR)
Banfield's James Rodriguez (2nd R) of Colombia celebrates with teammates after clinching the Argentine First Division championship at the end of their soccer match against Boca Juniors at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires December 13, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
James Rodriguez (R) of Argentina's Banfield and Damian Alderete of Mexico's Monarcas Morelia fight for the ball during their Copa Libertadores soccer match in Buenos Aires February 10, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Football - FC Porto v Sporting Braga 2011 UEFA Europa League Final - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 10/11 - 18/5/11 FC Porto's Joao Moutinho (L), James Rodriguez and Cristian Sapunaru (R) celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League final Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Smith Livepic
Colombia's James Rodriguez (C) gestures after missing a chance to score as Bolivia's Luis Gutierrez (R) and Ronald Raldes look on during their World Cup qualifying soccer match in La Paz, October 11, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado (BOLIVIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Colombia's national soccer players James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao Garcia talk during a practice session in Bogota October 10, 2011. Colombia will face Bolivia on October 11 for their World Cup 2014 qualifying soccer match. REUTERS/Fredy Builes (COLOMBIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Colombia's Dorlan Pabon (L) celebrates with teammate James Rodriguez after scoring a goal against Argentina during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Barranquilla, November 15, 2011. REUTERS/John Vizcaino (COLOMBIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester City's Micah Richards (L) challenges Porto's James Rodriguez during their Europa League second leg soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring a goal against Peru during their 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifying soccer match in Lima, June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Porto's Kelvin (L) celebrates his goal against Braga with his teammate James Rodriguez during their Portuguese Premier League soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto April 8, 2013. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (PORTUGAL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Porto's Joao Moutinho (L) and team mate James Rodriguez hold the trophy while they celebrate winning the Portuguese Premier League title after their soccer match against Pacos Ferreira at the Mata Real stadium in Pacos de Ferreira May 19, 2013. Porto won the Portuguese Premier League title by 1 point ahead the rival club Benfica. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro (PORTUGAL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Soccer players Joao Moutinho (R) of Portugal and James Rodriguez of Colombia, newly-signed players for French Ligue 1 soccer club AS Monaco, hold their jerseys as they pose after a news conference in Monaco, July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo (MONACO - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring against Ecuador in a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Barranquilla September 6, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez (COLOMBIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao (R) celebrates with team-mates James Rodriguez (L) and Joao Moutinho (C) after scoring a goal against SC Bastia during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at Louis II stadium in Monaco September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (MONACO - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Dimitar Berbatov (R) and James Rodriguez (L) of Monaco celebrate after scoring against Olympique Lyon during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Gerland stadium in Lyon March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Referee Howard Webb of England runs towards Colombia's James Rodriguez and the big ball during the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Colombia's James Rodriguez (L) celebrates next to teammate Juan Cuadrado scoring against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hanna (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Colombia's James Rodriguez (R) celebrates after scoring a goal against Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Colombia's James Rodriguez (4th L) celebrates by dancing with his teammates after scoring past Ivory Coast during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his second goal during the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
(L-R) Brazil's Dani Alves consoles Colombia's James Rodriguez, as Brazil's David Luiz gestures, after their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Colombia's soccer player James Rodriguez (R) stands with his wife Daniela and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (L) as he holds up his new Real Madrid jersey, during a presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, July 22, 2014. Real Madrid have signed Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year contract, the La Liga club said on Tuesday. The World Cup's Golden Boot winner with six goals, is Real's second major signing of the transfer window after Germany midfielder Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich. No details of the fee for Rodriguez were disclosed but media reports said it was around 80 million euros ($107.9 million). REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) is congratulated by his team mate James Rodriguez after scoring his second goal against Sevilla during the UEFA Super Cup final soccer match at Cardiff City stadium, Wales, August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Football - Real Madrid v Sevilla - UEFA Super Cup 2014 - Cardiff City Stadium, Wales - 14/15 , 12/8/14 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (C), Luka Modric (L) and James Rodriguez Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
James Rodriguez of Colombia is photographed by a fan after the team's international friendly soccer match against the U.S. at Craven Cottage in London November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Real Madrid's James Rodriguez (R) receives instructions from his coach Carlo Ancelotti during their Spanish Super Cup second leg soccer match against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Real Madrid's James Rodriguez celebrates his goal against Malaga during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, April 18, 2015. REUTERS/Andrea Comas
Jun 3, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez (10) scores on penalty kick against the United States in the first half during the group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Football Soccer - Real Madrid v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 4/5/16 Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, Mateo Kovacic, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane celebrate with fans after the game Reuters / Paul Hanna Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Real Madrid v Sporting Gijon - Spanish Liga BBVA - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 17/01/16 Real Madrid's coach Zinedine Zidane talks to James Rodriguez. REUTERS/Andrea Comas
June 7, 2016; Pasadena, CA, USA; Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez (10) celebrates his goal scored against Paraguay during the first half in the group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario. at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Football Soccer - Real Madrid v Sevilla - Spanish Liga Santander - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 14/5/17Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal with James Rodriguez (C) and Marco Asensio (L)Reuters / Paul Hanna
Soccer Football - Champions League - Celtic vs Bayern Munich - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Britain - October 31, 2017 Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez in action with Celtic’s Scott Brown Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - March 31, 2018 Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller celebrates with James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski after scoring their third goal REUTERS/Michael Dalder DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Poland vs Colombia - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 24, 2018 Colombia's Radamel Falcao celebrates scoring their second goal with James Rodriguez REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Senegal vs Colombia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 28, 2018 Colombia's James Rodriguez reacts as he is substituted off REUTERS/David Gray TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - Copa America Brazil 2019 - Group B - Argentina v Colombia - Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil - June 15, 2019 Colombia's James Rodriguez in action with Argentina's Nicolas Otamendi and Lionel Messi REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
Soccer Football - Copa America Brazil 2019 - Quarter Final - Colombia v Chile - Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Brazil - June 28, 2019 Colombia's James Rodriguez and Chile's Arturo Vidal hug before the match REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Soccer Football - Real Madrid Training - Ciudad Real Madrid, Valdebebas, Madrid, Spain - August 23, 2019 Real Madrid's James Rodriguez during training REUTERS/Juan Medina
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Sevilla v Real Madrid - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - September 22, 2019 Real Madrid's James Rodriguez on the ground after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Granada - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - October 5, 2019 Real Madrid's James Rodriguez celebrates scoring their fourth goal REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
HALEWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7 (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) James Rodriguez poses for a photograph after signing for Everton at USM Finch Farm on September 7 2020 in Halewood, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
HALEWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7 (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) James Rodriguez poses for a photograph after signing for Everton at USM Finch Farm on September 7 2020 in Halewood, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
HALEWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 8 (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) James Rodriguez of Everton is greeted by team mates Anthony Gordon (L) Yerry Mina and Gylfi Sigurdsson (R) during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on September 8 2020 in Halewood, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
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"I've come here to try to improve, to get better. I've also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football.

"I'm convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons (I signed) was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti.

"I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here."

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