Everton today finally confirmed the signing of Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, the kind of high-profile signing Blues have been craving for years.
Speaking after the announcement was made public, the 29-year-old talked about his signing -
“I’m a winner… a real winner. I like to win things and I’m convinced we can have a great season. I know we have a very talented squad, full of top players, and, I think, with the additions we’re making during this transfer window, it’s going to make us even stronger.
“Carlo Ancelotti was very keen to bring me here and has worked hard to bring that about.
“Now it is down to me to perform well, to play well, to bring my A -game to this club and bring that winning mentality, to make sure everyone in the Club believes we can win trophies.
“That is what we will be striving for. It is very good to feel wanted. You feel that desire even more to perform at your highest level all the time to repay that confidence and faith.
“I realise people have put a lot of effort into trying to sign me. I play very much for the rest of the team and work hard for the side. I am capable of creating goals and scoring goals. I hope to bring a bit more quality and maybe get the side playing more football.
“But, most importantly, I want to win things and I am convinced this club can do that.”
While there have been questions about the player’s motivations in joining Everton after struggling with injuries and unable to get game time over the last few years, he was at pains to explain that he was still looking to make his mark.
“That’s why I’ve come here: I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football.
“I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve great things. With hard work, that’s what we are all aiming for. I’ve got huge faith that is definitely a possibility.
“He is a manager who gives all his players a huge amount of confidence. He knows how to get the best out of each of his players. I had one really great season with him and I performed to the best of my ability at a really top level.
“There is that mutual trust there and I just can’t wait to get started playing for Everton.”
Needless to say, the fans are very excited already, and again anticipation is sky high among the fanbase for a positive season.