Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has responded to recent speculation claiming James Rodriguez is fed up of life in England.
Real Madrid midfielder James moved to Goodison Park on two-year loan last summer but reports in Spain declared he is “unhappy” in the Premier League.
Defensa Central cited sources close to the Colombia international claiming he has grown tired of England’s “weather, customs and physical football”.
The reports do not match up with James’ performances on the pitch, as he has excelled with 13 goal involvements in 21 games for the Toffees – including the assist for the opening goal in the 2-0 win at Liverpool.
And Ancelotti insists the player – who he knows well from their time together at Real Madrid – is quite content with life on Merseyside.
“Oh, he’s okay, he has no problem. I talk to him every day, he’s happy here. He’s confident, motivated,” said the Italian manager.
“He had a little problem in the last few games with his calf, but now he’s in a good condition.
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“He really feels good here because everyone takes care of him and that’s it.
“I don’t know if he complains about the weather, but we know it’s not the best weather ever! But there are a lot of things good in this area.”
Ancelotti was the manager who brought James to Los Blancos in a £63million transfer from Monaco, after he lit up the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
In his first season under Ancelotti’s management, James scored 17 goals for Real – which remains his most productive season to date.
The 29-year-old failed to reach those heights after Ancelotti was sacked in the summer of 2015 and was loaned out for two seasons at Bayern Munich.
He failed to make an impression on his return to the Santiago Bernabeu last campaign and joined Everton in September, and the Toffees have the option to extend his stay for a third season.
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