Rafa Benítez confirms absence from James vs Leeds and says he has him until August 31 | Premier League

Everton visits Leeds de Bielsa this Saturday, in their second outing of the Premier League season. In case there is someone who has not found out yet …

And in that traditional previous press conference, DT Rafa Benítez had to refer to the James Rodríguez issue, which is common to Moise Kean’s, since both could leave the club this summer.

“There is a lot of speculation. We have to work with the players who are here. Until August 31, yes, it is in my plans,” said the Spaniard.

Does it mean that your departure is decided on that date? “Until August 31, we have to make sure that the players give their all. After that, we will know who is on our team.”

Regarding the Colombian’s absence, he said: “I hope next week is fine and I can continue training and we can see what happens until the end of the transfer window.” He made no reference to the unfortunate line about not knowing who Everton was playing against … fortunately.

De Kean said that “he has been training well, he is another option up front and he can give us a hand if necessary.” And yes, it must also be said that James’ isolation due to a suspicion of covid that was confirmed in the end, played against him.

Benitez confirmed that Everton has closed the signing of goalkeeper Andy Lonergan. But until the end of August, the market is still open. In summary, nothing new for the DT in what has to do with the obligatory question, the uncertain future of James Rodríguez.



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