Ancelotti laughs off rumours of Rodriguez exit due to ‘weather’

Carlo Ancelotti says he has no concerns over James Rodriguez’ Everton future.

Rumours have circulated that the Colombian has struggled to settle in England, with the weather being a particular issue for the midfielder.

However the Everton boss is unfazed by the reports, adding that the 29-year-old who joined from Real Madrid last summer, is happy at the club and there’s no need to be concerned.

Rodriguez future nothing to worry about

“Oh he’s ok, he has no problem,” he told reporters ahead of the Merseyside derby.

“I talk to him every day, he’s happy here. He’s confident, motivated.

“He had a little problem in the last few games with his calf, but now he’s in a good condition. He really feels good here because everyone takes care of him and that’s it.

“I don’t know if he complains about the weather, but we know it’s not the best weather ever! But there are a lot of things good in this area.”

Injury issues

Ancelotti also hinted that the Rodriguez could return to the starting lineup against Liverpool, though still isn’t 100% fit.

He had a knock [versus City] and he was not fit 100 per cent,” he revealed.

“No, he’s not 100 per cent, but he’s 99%.”

Calvert-Lewin to return?

The Toffees could get a huge boost with the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who missed the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Both him and Allan are expected to be fit enough to play at least some part in the derby.

“We preferred to give Allan one day training instead of staying on the bench,” Ancelotti said.

“He trained today and we hope he will be available for Saturday – to start. Also, Calvert-Lewin, I think, can start.”

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