James Rodriguez delivers risky promise to Everton fans as he awaits debut

James Rodriguez has played for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – but he has promised the best is yet to come at Everton.

The new Toffees signing insists he is a better player now, at 29, than the one who lit up the 2014 World Cup for Colombia.

And after six years of failing to hit the heights he had promised at Real – which included a two-year loan at Bayern – he believes Evertonians will get to see the best of him.

“I hope so, I think I am young I think I have years left in me of playing good football and that’s why I am here, to do it at this great club,” said the £20m signing.

“This is what I want, I hope I can be at a top level.

“I’m someone who wants day by day to play more, to show quality.

“Six or seven years ago I had something good, I had a good level.

“I hope that being here, with football when you play well, you have to have people beside you who trust in you, so you can give your best.

“In football it is not only you, you have to have people next to you, on and off the pitch, who are with you – there are many factors.”

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Rodriguez played just 14 times last season for Real on his return from his loan spell in the Bundesliga as it was made clear to him he was out of favour with boss Zinedine Zidane.

The Colombian ace has won two La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Bundesliga titles despite not fulfilling his potential yet but may have been tempted by a bigger club.

But he didn't need to be convinced by Carlo Ancelotti – the manager who signed him at Real and Bayern – that Everton was the place to be.

He added: “As everyone knows, I played little last year and so I spoke to Carlo and I think it was good for me to be able to play again.

“I see it’s a club with fans with passion too.

“When I spoke to him, I said yes, it wasn’t, ‘Well, I’ll think about it and then I’ll tell you’. I said yes then. It was the right thing for me because I can play now.

“It is a club that means business. There are a lot of serious-minded people at the club at all levels who mean to achieve and that means winning trophies.”

Everton face Tottenham away up first at 4.30pm on Sunday in their Premier League opener.

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