Everton attacking-midfielder James Rodriguez. Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images
James Rodriguez's Everton career has finally come to an end.
At a glance: 5 key points
- Rodriguez joined Everton on a free transfer from Real Madrid in September 2020.
- Reuniting with Carlo Ancelotti, who he worked with at the Santiago Bernabeu and Bayern Munich, was a key reason.
- Rodriguez recorded six goals and nine assists in the 2020-21 season.
- However, he's been surplus to requirements since Rafa Benitez took charge of Everton in June.
- He leaves without ever playing in front of a Goodison Park crowd.
Why have Everton let him leave?
After Rafa Benitez took charge in June, he quickly told Rodriguez that he was not in his Everton plans.
The manager was keen to offload the former Monaco star and his reported wages of around £200,000 per week, with the Toffees confined by financial fair play restraints.
In addition, Benitez also had concerns over if Rodriguez could meet his intense playing demands.
Why is Rodriguez allowed to join Al Rayyan after the transfer window shuts?
The Qatar Stars League's transfer window shuts on Thursday, 30 September.
Therefore, Rodriguez could still leave Everton despite the club not being able to replace him.
How much will Everton earn?
According to media outlet Marca Colombia, from the undisclosed fee and wage contributions Al Rayyan will pay, Everton net in the region of €8 million.
Those funds will help Benitez in the January transfer window.