‘Those players come because they have a coach of that level’: Carlo Ancelotti’s presence at Everton was sole reason James Rodriguez moved to Goodison Park, says Italian’s former assistant Paul Clement
- James Rodriguez worked with Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich
- The Colombian signed for Everton and has made an immediate impression
- Ancelotti’s ex-assistant Paul Clement says the Italian has changed the club
- Clement believes Rodriguez would not have made the move without Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at Everton paved the way for Colombian star James Rodriguez to sign for the club, his former assistant Paul Clement has said.
Ancelotti, who has won three Champions League titles and domestic league trophies in four countries, joined Everton last December and has guided the Merseyside club to the top of the Premier League this season with four wins from five games.
Having worked under Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Clement said it was the scale of the challenge that excited Ancelotti.
James Rodriguez moved to Everton in the summer to work under coach Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti’s ex-assistant Paul Clement (left) says higher-profile players will move to Everton
‘It’s like when he went to PSG,’ he told The Times in an interview.
‘There were bigger, better opportunities but it was exciting. It was good for PSG that someone of his profile could come and attract Thiago Silva, Zlatan (Ibrahimovic), Thiago Motta.
‘Those players come because they have a coach of that level. You’ve seen that at Everton already.
‘The signing of James Rodriguez doesn’t happen if Carlo is not there.’
Rodriguez previously worked with coach Ancelotti at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich
Midfielder Rodriguez joined Everton from Real Madrid on a two-year deal last month and has already scored three goals and provided three assists.
‘Some of the existing players are stepping up, too,’ Clement added.
‘(Dominic) Calvert-Lewin is a great example. That’s what a good coach and manager does: they get that extra 10-15% out of the player that even they don’t know they have.’
Midfielder Rodriguez played a role in Everton’s first goal against Liverpool on Saturday
Everton are still unbeaten and sit at the top of the the Premier League table having battled to a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
Rodriguez’s corner was headed home by Michael Keane for Everton’s first equaliser, taking his assists tally up to three for the season.
Next up for the league leaders will be a trip to Southampton, but they will be without Brazilian star Richarlison after he was sent off in the latter stages of the derby.