Former Real Madrid head coach Jorge Valdano has taken a swipe at James Rodriguez for hiding his true talents behind the comfort blanket of Carlo Ancelotti at Everton.
James is a trusted ally of Ancelotti, the pair working together successfully at Bayern Munich and Madrid.
Now, James has reunited with his former coach at Everton, in one of the signings of the transfer window.
Ancelotti revealed when Everton announced the signing on Monday that it did not take him long to convince the Colombia international to move to Goodison Park.
However, Valdano has now criticised the player for his latest move, insisting that he has “superior” talent.
“For me it was disappointing, I expected much more from James in the first spell, and I expected much more in this second spell [at Real Madrid],” Valdano said (via Sport Witness).
“In the end, many times, players need a coach who makes them feel comfortable, and for him that coach is Ancelotti.
“It gives me the feeling that he is not going to Everton, he is going to Ancelotti Football Club.
“He is a player of superior talent, but that must be expressed on the field, and it must be done with continuity.
“Today’s football has a very high demand and he goes to a particularly competitive league, if we talk about continuity in effort and concentration.”
James’ arrival, as well as the signing of Allan from Napoli, puts Ancelotti under pressure to perform next season.
Indeed, the Toffees have also confirmed that Abdoulaye Doucoure has joined from Watford.
The flurry of activity comes after reports suggested Ancelotti had become frustrated at the lack of signings.
EVERTON MAKE CONTACT WITH GREMIO WINGER
Meanwhile, further speculation claims Everton have made contact with Gremio about winger Pepe’s availability.
Wolves are also reportedly in active talks with the Brazilian outfit over a deal for the forward.
Pepe has scored 15 goals and registered six assists in 72 appearances for Gremio. He also has an impressive record for Brazil’s under-23 side, with three goals in six games.