Official: Rodriguez joins Qatari club Al Rayyan (video) | A homeland tweeting outside the flock


Qatar’s Al Rayyan Club announced its official contract with Colombian James Rodriguez, 30, the former Real Madrid star, on a three-year deal from the English club Everton.

Rodriguez and Al Rayyan Qatar

Colombian star Rodriguez said while introducing his new Qatari club, Al Rayyan, last Thursday evening, saying: “Joining Al Rayyan Club is a new chapter in my career and for everyone around me, and I hope to do a great job to help my new team.”

And he added, “The choice to move from Everton to Qatar’s Al Rayyan was not motivated by the belief that it would be easy in a league much less competitive than the English Premier League, which joined the team last September for one season, where it achieved great success under the leadership of former Italian coach Ancelotti.” .

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Colombian Rodriguez scored 6 goals in 26 matches he participated in with his former club, Everton, last season.

But the new coach of Everton, Rafael Benitez, after the departure of Italian Ancelotti in order to train Real Madrid, had told him that he was not part of his plans, which made the player think about leaving the club, to head to the Middle East and join the Qatari league from the gate of Al Rayyan Club.

Rodriguez and the World Cup

Rodriguez added, “I think the future will be here, and next year will be the World Cup here, and I hope to be here too, and that Colombia will be among the participants here even if there is a lot that needs to be done in order to achieve that.”

And he continued, “I haven’t played much for a long time, but I think here I will do it with the help of everyone with the coach and his coaching staff, and I hope to win something.

Qatar’s Al Rayyan team occupies the tenth place with two points in the Qatar Stars League competitions in the Premier League, a big difference from leaders Lekhwiya with 9 points during the competitions of the current season 2021-2022.

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