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James Rodriguez leaves with a message for Everton fans

James Rodriguez has left a message for Everton fans following his departure.

The Columbian international joined the club from Real Madrid 12 months ago but owing to the COVID-19 pandemic he never played in front of supporters while in England.

Taking to Instagram he said: "I want to thank my teammates, who welcomed me well, I wish them the best and I also want to thank Everton fans.

"A pity not to have played in Goodison Park with you it would have been very nice.

"I always tried to give my best and I always wanted to win, that is my mentality.

"I wish you all the best."|

Having been signed for Everton by former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, the 30-year-old midfielder enjoyed a very promising start to his career at the club, scoring three goals and registering three assists in his first six games.

However, after Ancelotti left Everton to re-join Real Madrid the Toffeemen replaced the outgoing Italian with Spaniard Rafa Benitez, who gave James the chance to prove his worth in pre-season.

But, he then informed James that he was free to seek pastures new and he will now move to Qatar.

Rafa's stance was made pretty clear last weekend when James didn't even make the Everton substitutes bench despite the club having an injury crisis which meant they were unable to even include a full quota of substitutes for their game away to Aston Villa which they lost 3-0.

Rodriguez's overall Everton record saw him score six goals in 26 matches and registering nine assists in his only season at Goodison Park.

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