MURIEL CHASING DOWN GOLDEN BOOT GLORY
Colombia attacker Luis Muriel is having a phenomenal season in the Italian Serie A and this is despite the fact that he is not a regular for Atalanta. Fellow Colombia attacker Duvan Zapata is always the preferred choice in the Atalanta attack for manager Gian Pero Gasperini but Luis Muriel has not been disturbed by that decision going by his penchant for scoring goals in the Italian Serie A this term thereby putting him in the hunt for the Golden Boot Award at the end of the season.
PREMIER LEAGUE: RODRIGUEZ RETURNS TO LINE-UP
Everton playmaker James Rodriguez was part of a Premier League starting XI once again after his recent stint with injury after the Colombia national team player was named as a starter for the Wolves game earlier this week. James Rodriguez had not started a league game for Everton since last month due to injury until the Wolves game at the Molineux on Tuesday night and the influence of the Colombia international playmaker was evident during the game which saw Everton move into the top five with a well deserved 2-1 win at the home of their opponents. Colombia player James Rodriguez has been the main creator for Everton since he signed for the club last summer.
The Colombia international was at Spanish La Ligachampions before he signed for Everton at the start of the season. James Rodriguez rarely featured for Real Madrid last season as they won the La Liga title at the expense of arch rivals Barcelona. Everton paid £20m to sign the Colombia national team playmaker in the summer of 2020 to bolster their midfield. James Rodriguez was not the only midfielder signed by the Toffees last summer.
JAMES RODRIGUEZ PLAYS DOWN COLOMBIA DRESSING ROOM BUST-UP AFTER URUGUAY DEFEAT
Former Real Madrid and present Everton midfielder James Rodriguez has appeared in public and insisted that contrary to rumors making rounds in the media, there was no bust-up in the Colombia dressing room.
Uruguay inflicted a painful defeat on Colombia in their Qatar World Cup 2020 qualifying game, winning the game 3-0. It was reported after the game that James walked up to, and confronted his teammates in a physical bust-up last week.
WWC 2023: FIFA – COLUMBIA CAN TRY AGAIN
FIFA has stated that there would not be any change to its evaluation of Columbia’s bid to host the Women World Cup in 2023. The applicant is disappointed with the poor evaluation received from the international football governing body.
Columbia Football Federation and South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) had paired to write FIFA about the evaluation, claiming it was “erroneous and discriminatory.” Columbia football chief Ramon Jesurun probably felt the proposal to host the event for the first time on South American soil would be better received, rather they received the lowest score of the three bids to host the tournament in three years.
RODRIGUEZ TO LEAVE MADRID
James Rodriguez will depart from Real Madrid when the transfer window opens, with Arsenal, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers most interested in signing the player, as per reports. He returned to Madrid this summer following a loan spell with Bayern Munich but he has failed to make an impression. The midfielder has been hit by injuries, while his on-field performances have limited him to just four starts in La Liga in 2019/20.
The Colombia international seemingly hasn’t done anywhere near enough to persuade manager Zinedine Zidane to keep hold of him, and recent reports claim that everyone at Real Madrid has pretty much given up on the 28-year-old. Moreover, the fact that he has just one year remaining on his contract has forced them to accelerate a potential departure.
CHELSEA KEEN ON AJAX STOPPER
Chelsea are prepared to go all out for Ajax shot stopper, Andre Onana in bid to replace the struggling Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard has enjoyed a very tough season so far, he has the lowest save percentage among the 20 goalkeepers in the EPL, a run of poor form that led to his demotion to the bench. Arrizabalaga has been dropped for the last six games. He returned to the starting 11 in the 2-0 win against Liverpool making crucial saves to deny the Liverpool attack. Willy Caballero was chosen ahead of the most expensive goalkeeper in a match that ended 2-2 against Leicester City. Lampard has chosen the Argentine veteran over Kepa since February 1st.Read more