James Rodriguez compares Aguero’s situation at Barcelona to his own at Everton: ‘The same thing happened to me’
Everton star James Rodriguez has, this weekend, compared the situation facing Sergio Aguero at Barcelona to that of his own on Merseyside, following Lionel Messi’s shock Camp Nou departure.
Messi moving on
The bombshell announcement which rocked football to its very core was of course forthcoming on Thursday evening.
This came in the form of the revelation that, after 21 years with the club, Lionel Messi would be forced to call time on his spell with Barcelona.
Just hours after it had been widely reported that an agreement between the two parties was close, the Blaugrana released a statement, confirming that they had essentially been left with no choice but to part with the club’s greatest-ever player.
The Catalans, in turn, pointed the finger of blame squarely at La Liga, for the ‘financial and structural obstacles’ laid in their path by those in a position of power in Spain:
‘Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).’
‘As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.’
LATEST NEWS | Leo #Messi will not continue with FC Barcelona
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 5, 2021
‘Same thing happened to me’
On the back of Messi’s exit being made official, however, much of the chatter has not surrounded the 34-year-old himself, but instead compatriot Sergio Aguero.
Argentine hitman Aguero of course only made the move to Catalunya earlier this summer, following the expiration of his contract with Manchester City.
The presence of compatriot and close friend Messi at Barca, meanwhile, was understood to have played a key role in convincing the veteran of the merits of a return to La Liga.
Upon news surfacing of the Blaugrana’s long-time talisman moving on, it was therefore always likely that Aguero would be left somewhat disillusioned.
In fact, some outlets have even gone as far as to suggest that the ex-City man is already eyeing a Camp Nou exit.
Sergio Aguero wants to leave Barcelona this summer. He feels betrayed by the club, who promised him that he would play with Lionel Messi.
What a mess that club is in.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 6, 2021
And one individual, as outlined above, to have since expressed his sympathies with Aguero’s situation, is James Rodriguez.
Colombian midfielder Rodriguez is too facing something of an uncertain future at present, amid claims that new Everton boss Rafael Benitez is ready to sanction his departure over the coming weeks.
This of course only comes after the abrupt departure of Carlo Ancelotti – the man who brought Rodriguez to Merseyside in the first place – back in June.
In turn, the former Real Madrid man was today keen to highlight the similarities between his own plight and that being faced by Aguero in Barcelona, explaining:
‘Kun Agüero went to Barcelona, and now Messi is leaving. They just happen to be little breadsticks, partners.’
‘Those are the things that football has. The same thing happened to me. I go to Everton, practically because Ancelotti was there and look, now Carlo is gone.’
‘I don’t know what is going to happen. In football and in life, we don’t know anything. Let’s see what happens.’
‘All I know is that I’m training hard, preparing well. That’s it, that’s the most important thing.’
‘You have to think about the present, and the present is that I’m here and I’m training hard and physically well for everything that’s coming.’
Quotes via El Espanol
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