Former Everton star Michael Ball admits that he has some concerns over the future of the club’s biggest players after Carlo Ancelotti’s exit from the club.
Ancelotti left the Toffees to rejoin Real Madrid after the exit of Zinedine Zidane from the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Italian has previously won the Champions League with Real, and the Toffees have yet to replace him.
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They have been linked with a number of new managers, but reports suggest that Rafa Benitez, the former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager, is the current frontrunner to take over at Goodison Park.
Still, Ball is concerned about what a number of star players will think of Ancelotti’s exit, particularly James Rodriguez and Allan.
The pair were both signed last summer, under the management of Ancelotti, but they struggled to make a real impact, as the Colombia international was limited to 21 starts and the Brazilian midfielder made 23.
And Ball is concerned that the two could potentially look to leave, having felt disappointed by Ancelotti’s exit.
Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, he said: “He brought in a few players who have done well for the club but they’ve been injured, Allan and James, we haven’t had many games out of them.
“They may feel let down because he would have sold them the project, so that’s a concern for the future of the other players in and around Everton at this moment in time.”