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James Rodriguez is close to sealing a departure away from Everton, just a year after looking like the club's new cult hero.
The Colombia international is yet to play a game since Rafa Benitez arrived as manager earlier this summer.
He looked to return to Porto in the transfer window but a deal could not be agreed between the clubs.
Paul Joyce has reported the 30-year-old has been offered an escape route by a club in Qatar, as their transfer window doesn't close until September 30.
It's a sad end to Rodriguez's time at Goodison Park after an incredible start to his debut season.
The Toffees were challenging at the top of the table before Rodriguez's form fell off and injuries piled up.
Rodriguez has been using Twitch to keep his fans updated on his current situation, something that annoys Everton supporters.
Ahead of the season's start last month, he said: "There is a game on Saturday then, but I don't know, I don't think I'll play.
"Anything can happen here at the end of the month, football always changes fast."
He then commented on the game against Leeds United on August 21 with: "I will start training on Monday, I think. On the weekend I will not play, I don't even know who Everton is playing, can you please tell me? I think it is away because the past was here at home."
Benitez has maintained there is no personal issue between the pair and discussed the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner's future last week.
"For this game, he was a little bit concerned about his muscle," Benitez said following Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
James Rodriguez situation is getting more bizarre each day. These situations have been happening for a while at Everton.
Manager brings in own player on big wages.
Manager leaves/gets sacked.
Player then wants to leave.
Everton struggle to find a suitor.
Merry go round.
- Tom Long (@TLong_91) September 19, 2021
"He was having a little problem and we decided we have to wait, so he was not available. That's it.
"We will see if he's fit for the next game and then we will decide."
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