James Rodriguez denies he knew Atletico’s slogan after posting cryptic tweet

James Rodriguez has denied teasing a move to Atletico Madrid through a recent cryptic tweet.

After a positive start to life at Goodison Park it now seems as if Rodriguez, formerly of Real Madrid, is on his way out of the club in the wake of Carlo Ancelotti’s departure as Everton manager. Rafa Benitez doesn’t appear to have many plans for the Colombian moving forward and with such little time left in the summer transfer window, you’d have to imagine they’ll be planning for his exit sooner rather than later.

Rodriguez tries to backtrack

Recent rumours have suggested James could be on his way to reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. With that in mind, it seemed pretty concrete that it may be true when the 30-year-old opted to post a tweet saying “Nunca dejes de creer” which translates to “Never stop believing”. That phrase, interestingly enough, just so happens to be the motto of Atletico.

In a recent Twitch stream, Rodriguez was quick to explain himself in the midst of backlash from supporters.

“I didn’t know that this was the motto of this team, it was a total coincidence,” said Rodriguez.

“I only put a personal message, I did not say that I am going to a club or for something.

“It has been the news for a whole day, I am not related to this club, there have been no talks, nothing, but everyone knows. 

“Yes I go to a club, I do not say it or give signals, I speak it when it is already a fact because in football anything can happen. 

“For the press and all those who put things, you have to get a little better information, I did not want to create controversy.”

Rodriguez isn’t expected to feature when Everton continue their Premier League campaign against Leeds on Saturday.

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