James Rodriguez has left Everton without playing a match under new manager Rafael Benitez; the 30-year-old has joined Qatari club Al Rayyan, who are managed by former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc
By Rory O’Callaghan.
James Rodriguez has left Everton to join Qatari club Al Rayyan for an undisclosed fee.
The Colombia international travelled to the Middle East at the weekend with the transfer window in the region still open until the end of the month.
Rodriguez has now sealed a move away from Goodison Park after failing to play a game under new manager Rafael Benitez.
The former Real Madrid midfielder, 30, became the highest-paid player in Everton’s history when he joined the club on a two-year deal in 2020 under then-manager Carlo Ancelotti.
He scored six goals in 26 appearances for the Toffees in his debut season in English football, but his future at the club was thrown into doubt following Ancelotti’s shock return to Real Madrid in June.