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James Rodriguez makes Real Madrid transfer admission

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The Colombian midfielder has opened up on the possibility of a Real Madrid return and on his Everton future.

James Rodriguez has ruled out a return to Real Madrid and conceded he is uncertain whether he’ll be at Everton for the new season.

The 30-year-old left Real Madrid last summer for Everton following a mixed spell in Spain. He made just 125 appearances for the club following his €75 million arrival from Monaco in 2014 and spent two seasons away on loan at Bayern Munich.

But the return of Carlo Ancelotti, who brought James over to Everton and Bayern, stirred up talk of another spell with the 33-time Spanish champions.

“No, I don’t think so,” said James on Twitch when a viewer asked him about going back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“It is a closed cycle now, which is not going to be repeated.”

Rafael Benitez, Ancelotti’s replacement as Everton manager, has implied that the former Monaco star could leave Goodison Park to satisfy the Financial Fair Play rules.

In response to these ongoing doubts, James said” “They are asking me a lot where I am going to play. I don’t know, the truth is a quite complicated issue. Let’s see what happens.

“I don’t want to say yes and no, because I don’t know. I’m training well and hard. I don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t know where I’m going to play. In football and in life we don’t know anything.

“I’m training hard, preparing well, training for myself and that’s it. You have to think about the present and the present is here, I’m training hard for everything to come.