Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez joins Everton

James Rodriguez has joined Everton from Real Madrid, the Premier League club has announced.

Sources told ESPN that the clubs had agreed a €25 million fee. The deal will officially be for two years with an option for a third.

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This is the third time James has linked up with coach Carlo Ancelotti, having worked together at Madrid during the 2014-15 season and Bayern Munich in the 2017-18 season.

“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,” James told the Everton’s website.

“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here — and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is. 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.”

Ancelotti’s presence at Goodison Park is understood to have been critical in getting a deal done.

“James… is a fantastic player with a lot of quality and a lot of ability to make assists for the strikers,” Ancelotti said.

“He was really excited to sign and I didn’t spend time to convince him — he was already convinced.”

Rodriguez is Everton’s second major signing in the close-season following the arrival of Brazilian midfielder Allan from Napoli.

Everton finished 12th last term and begin their new Premier League campaign with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

James, 29, was desperate to leave the Bernabeu this summer to restart his career after a disappointing final season in La Liga.

James had been given permission by Real to skip preseason training last week as the move was being finalised.

The playmaker signed for Madrid from AS Monaco for €80m in 2014 after excelling at the World Cup.

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