Everton have completed the signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year deal, with the option of a third season.
The Toffees reportedly paid around £25 million for the services of the 29-year-old Colombian international.
The attacking midfielder will reunite with Carlo Ancelotti for the third time after coaching him at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Under the Italian manager at Real Madrid in the 2014/15 campaign, Rodriguez was named La Liga’s best midfielder after scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists in 29 appearances.
“I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well,” Rodriguez told evertonfc.com.
“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is. 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.”
Manager Ancelotti said Rodriguez is a fantastic player with a lot of quality and the ability to make assists for the strikers.
“He’s really excited about the project of the club and the fact we want to improve. He was really excited to sign and I didn’t spend time to convince him, he was already convinced.
The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner made 125 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions, scoring 37 goals and 42 assists. He won two Spanish League titles, two Champions League, once Copa Del Rey, and two times Club World Cup champion.
He has 76 caps for his country and 22 goals, in addition to 25 assists following a debut against Bolivia in October 2011, netting his first strike the following June against Peru.