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Exclusive: Marcus Bent says James Rodriguez’s future is at Everton

Marcus Bent has exclusively told Football FanCast that he’s been reliably informed that Everton want to keep Colombian star James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez enjoyed a mixed first season in the Premier League, scoring six times and adding five assists in 23 appearances, although more than half of those goal contributions came in the first five games.

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However, the 29-year-old’s Toffees future has been thrown up into the air following the recent departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid.

The pair were together in the Spanish capital, meaning Ancelotti was a major reason why Rodriguez eventually left to join Everton on a free transfer last summer.

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Suggestions have been made that they could link-up together once again should the attacking midfielder make a swift return to Real Madrid, less than 12 months after he left permanently after an up and down six seasons.

Despite those claims, Bent told Football FanCast that he believes Rodriguez’s future firmly remains at Goodison Park:

He said:

It was said by the people that I speak to at Everton that he [Ancelotti] brought him in to take him back to Real Madrid. Is he good enough for Real Madrid or a bigger side in Europe or the Premier League?

“We know he’s a talent, he’s on big wages, but the people I speak to say the club don’t want to get rid of him because they can see the talent and they can see his future being at Everton.”

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