James Rodriguez has moved to quash rumours suggesting he could be set to leave Everton this summer after just one year at the club due to being unhappy in England.

James Rodriguez in action for Everton

The Colombia international has emerged as a fan favourite for the Toffees since his Goodison Park arrival last summer, with his five league goals and four assists helping to catapult Carlo Ancelotti’s side into an unlikely race for a top four spot.

In Everton’s last Premier League outing, Rodriguez was instrumental in securing a first Toffees win over Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Anfield since 1999, and the former Real Madrid has rubbished suggestions he is looking for a way out of the club.

“I am happy. We all know it is a new stage for me,” he told Marca. “At 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 [against Liverpool]. Everyone knows that Liverpool is a great team. I think they are in the top three teams of those who play good football.

“I’m happy to have helped my team win. Everton haven’t won [at Anfield] since 1999, so we’ve made history. I’m happy I was there. I hope we can continue this well.”

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