Everton director of football Marcel Brands is working on a deal to extend James Rodriguez’s contract on Merseyside for an additional season.
James, 29, joined Everton for a free transfer in September last year. He had fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid after spending two seasons on loan with Bayern Munich. The Colombian striker was happy to find Carlo Ancelotti, who signed it for the Bavarians.
James showed flashes of brilliance in his first season at Goodison Park. Six goals and nine assists proved his ability.
The Toffees are hoping he will be at the forefront in the final weeks as they work to secure European football.
Now according to the Colombian outlet Mark, Brands has made extending James’ contract one of his main goals this summer.
The playmaker is currently linked with Goodison Park until summer 2022. However, they say Brands will offer James to extend that for another season until 2023.
In addition, they claim that the former Monaco is considered by Brands to be the “backbone” of the Everton project. They insist the efforts to keep him will be ‘big’, with the efforts to tie him up being endorsed by Ancelotti who they say has a ‘great obsession’ with Rodriguez.
The article also reveals that talks are also underway to extend the agreements for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Seamus Coleman. They have contracts that expire in 14 months.
It’s a similar situation for Bernard, Jonjoe Kenny, Fabian Delph and Cenk Tosun. However, decisions have yet to be made on the quartet and they could be allowed to pass this summer.
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James opens up about his relationship with Ancelotti
Everton hope the good relationship between Ancelotti and James will help them in their efforts to extend the deal with the Colombian.
It was reported earlier this season that he was not happy on Merseyside. Rumors began to circulate that he would seek a return to Spain this summer.
But, talking to the club official site, it seems that is not the case. And his relationship with the coach appears to have helped ease his transition to the club.
“It was very easy to sort out,” he said. “I came to a good club, a club that wants to achieve great things.
“I’m with a manager who knows exactly what I look like. He knows how to behave with his players and his staff.
“I get along wonderfully with him, just like a father and a son. So everything was very simple and straightforward. “
He added: “I’m reasonably happy with the way I’m playing. I think there is more to come and that I can achieve better form.
“But when I performed well, it had a positive effect on the team.”
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