USL – Paul Clement, Ancelotti’s former assistant, said Carl Ancelotti’s arrival at Everton paved the way for James Rodriguez to join even though more top players will arrive at Goodison Park.
Clement added that the Italian coach will be successful in the team he currently has at Everton.
Ancelotti, who has won three Champions League titles and domestic league trophies in four countries, joined Everton last December and led the Merseyside club to the top of the Premier League this season, winning four of five games.
After working under Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Clement said the scale of the challenge attracted Ancelotti.
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“It’s like when he went to PSG,” he told the Times in an interview quoted by Reuters on Monday (October 19, 2020).
“There are bigger, better opportunities, but it’s interesting. It’s good for PSG that someone with a profile like him can come and attract Thiago Silva, Zlatan (Ibrahimovic), Thiago Motta.”
“The players came because they had a coach of that level. You saw him at Everton. The contract with James Rodriguez wouldn’t have happened if Carla hadn’t been there.”
James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid from Everton on a two-year contract last month and has already scored three goals and made three assists.
“Some of the interested players are making progress,” Clement added.
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“(Dominic) Calvert-Lewin is a great example. That’s what good coaches and managers do: they get 10-15% off the players they don’t even know they have.”