Marcus Bent believes James Rodriguez still has the support and trust of his Everton team-mates despite recent remarks on social media.
Ahead of their 2-2 draw with Leeds United last month, the Colombia international admitted to not knowing who the Toffees’ next opponents were on his Twitch account.
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Everton were desperate to offload the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner during the transfer window, with the winger currently earning £90,000-per-week, but a buyer was not forthcoming before last week’s deadline.
According to Fichajes and Calcio In Pillole reporter Ekrem Konur, Premier League rivals Newcastle United were interested in negotiating a late loan deal for Rodriguez, who has made just 26 appearances since joining Everton, but a deal could not be struck.
While Bent admits those at boardroom level would not have been pleased with Rodriguez’s online admission, the former Toffees frontman feels the 30-year-old’s team-mates would be willing to welcome him back into the squad with open arms.
He exclusively told TIF: “Social media is a massive thing at the minute. I don’t feel like he should have said it or that the players don’t trust him.
“I think they’ll be behind him. I think the club will feel a bit disrespected by it but he is on big money. Whether they want to now keep him or move him on in January, we shall see.”