Everton’s James Rodriguez ‘in Qatar for talks’ as strange Toffees stint draws to close

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Everton star James Rodriguez could be set for an exit from the club, with reports suggesting that he is in Qatar for talks with an unnamed club.

Rodriguez, 30, joined Everton last summer in one of the most surprising transfers of the summer window under the wing of Carlo Ancelotti.

The Colombian started life on fire in Merseyside, being the catalyst for Everton’s table-topping early form.

It is no surprise that his absence through injury coincided with the Toffees’ downturn in form.

And with Ancelotti having left, he is finding it hard to break into Rafa Benitez’s hard-working system.

He had been linked with a move to Porto this summer in a swap deal for Luis Diaz.

Although with Everton unable to stump up the cash, a deal never materialised leaving Rodriguez stranded.

But according to the Times, his tough start to life under the new Spaniard boss might be coming to an end.

A tweet from correspondent Paul Joyce suggests that Rodriguez may be on his way to Qatar, although the club in question is unnamed despite the midfielder holding talks in the middle-east.

It would represent a sombre ending to Rodriguez’s Everton career, where he showed so much promise in the first six months of his tenure.

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Incredibly, Rodriguez never played in front of Evertonian fans – with the limited capacity games last season falling when Rodriguez had an injury.

Manager Rafael Benitez has his reasons for not picking him though.

“For this game, he was a little bit concerned about his muscle,” Benitez said.

“He was having a little problem and we decided we have to wait, so he was not available. That’s it.”

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“We will see if he’s fit for the next game and then we will decide.”

Everton take on Queens Park Rangers in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.

And it could offer Rodriguez one of two things if he plays – a place in the shop window, or a way back into Benitez’s plans.

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