Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Sky Psotr: James Rodriguez has completed a move to Qatari club Al Rayyan for an undisclosed fee; Everton boss Rafael Benitez said the situation was complicated but added the club had to make decisions in their best financial interests.

Rafael Benitez says the decision to let James Rodriguez leave Everton was the right decision for both the player and the club.

James departed Goodison Park for Qatari side Al Rayyan on Wednesday, bringing to a close his year on Merseyside.

The 30-year-old did not feature for Everton following the summer arrival of Benitez, who hinted that getting the Colombian off the wage bill was a sensible financial decision.

“James is a very easy and complicated issue,” Benitez said. “That is the Premier League, that is Everton Football Club, and then when you have a player in the situation that we have, that can be available just 50 per cent of the games overall in the Premier League.

“It is not something that we can manage easily. We have to maximise the resources that we have, and that is the situation.

“It is not easy to find good offers when you want. You have to manage the offers when they are there, and that was the time.

“We couldn’t find the right ones before, that was the right one for him, he is happy with that and we have to do it because we have to maximise our resources and then we have to be sure the long-term future of the club is protected.”

By Nwosu Chizoba David

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