James Rodriguez dismisses talks of Everton exit after making 'history'


James Rodriguez dismisses talks of Everton exit after making 'history'
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James Rodriguez has insisted that he is happy at Everton after being integral to the Toffees making history in the Merseyside Derby on Saturday.


The Colombian helped Everton to a 2-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield, the first league win at Anfield since 1999, propelling them to being level on points with their city rivals in the Premier League.


Rodriguez set up the opener for Richarlison, whilst also orchestrating the midfield for Everton in what was a good performance by the 29-year-old.


Everton signed James Rodriguez from Real Madrid last summer on a free transfer.


Reflecting on the victory over Jurgen Klopp's side, Rodriguez produced a very emphatic response.


"I am happy. We all know it is a new stage for me", he said whilst speaking with Marca Claro, adding that "Almost 30 years old, I am fine. I am happy for every new thing that is added to my life. It all adds up."


"It was tough. Everyone knows that Liverpool is a great team. I think it’s a team that is in the top three of those who play football well."


"I’m happy to have helped my team win. Since 1999, Everton haven’t won [at Anfield], so we’ve made history."


"I'm happy I was there. I hope we can continue well."


Rodriguez is determined to try and help Everton push for the European spots, with them just five points off the UEFA Champions League spots, all whilst still having a game in hand.


"We always want to win," he said, adding that "There are games in which things go well and others in which things go wrong."


Rodriguez also claimed that he has been physically targeted by several players this season, yet he insists that he wants to get stronger physically to fit the Premier League even more.


"Football is very physical now. There are teams that don't have much quality, but they want to win by force, making fouls."


"We are ready in each game and what we do want is to play well."


"Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't, but hey... it's part of football."


He also added that "Something tough is coming for Everton. Everyone knows that in the Premier League every three days, every game, it's like a final."


Concluding, he said "You have to be ready and have a strong mind to win."


Everton will face Southampton next week on Monday night, with an away trip to West Brom on Thursday, as the games continue to come thick and fast.