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Jack Rodwell’s spell in Manchester City has seen him struggling since he made his move to the club in August of 2012. Being able to make less than 20 appearances for City, it’s a completely different time for the player that made his way into the reserve team of Everton at the age of 15 and later broke the record for being the youngest player to represent Everton in Europe as he was only 16 years old.
The defensive midfielder has failed to secure a place in the starting lineup of Manuel Pellegrini as well as being plagued with injuries that have further left him out of action in Manchester City.
Roberto Martinez is interested in bringing back Rodwell to Everton and he even attempted on signing the midfielder during the January transfer window but failed on doing so but will once more attempt on signing him in the summer.
Everton has recently suffered defeats against Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool which has seen the team of Roberto Martinez being knocked out of the FA Cup and falling into lower spots in the Premier League but despite all of those recent negative results, Martinez believes that the squad has been improving.
“I think at the beginning of the season you get those teams who are expected to win titles because of the financial approach,” he said. “We are in a position where, because of our football club and our history, we should be expecting to win titles. It is going to be a bit of a process but I think you saw we are not far from being able to go to Arsenal and be able to get through to an FA Cup semi-final.
“Now it’s a matter of making sure the small margins get affected in our favour and we can progress without expecting to go into big places like the Emirates and be beaten. The performances are showing that we’re starting to develop that belief so the next stage is to be able to reflect it in the scoreline.” Martinez said.
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It has been revealed that Everton came close to re-signing Jack Rodwell from Manchester City at least a season-long loan deal. The former blue has found it difficult to get first team opportunities at City due to the presence of players like Yaya Touré and Fernandinho. Further, he has also been suffering from numerous injury problems throughout his career. Rodwell is understood to have been keen to play regular first-team football with the World Cup coming up in less than a few months. Since Manuel Pellegrini has been unable to use him ahead of Touré and Fernandinho, a loan deal was viewed as the ideal solution for both parties.
Everton were interested in taking him on a loan deal, but were unable to do so due to Premier league rules. According to the rules, a club cannot have two players on loan from a single club. Hence, Everton decided to buy Gareth Barry, who is already on at Goodison Park, on a permanent basis so that they could bring Rodwell on a loan deal. It is understood that they offered around £ 1 million for Barry, but City are unable to accept the offer since they could not agree a deal to bring Fernando from FC Porto.
The Portuguese club placed a £ 40 million pricetag on Fernando’s head.
“It’s important to understand we have performed really well this season. The summer window is very different to the January window. The January window is a gamble. That means you can go for players no-one expects to be available or, if your season has not been good enough, you need to gamble to change things around. If you look at the top performing teams then Manchester City have not signed anyone and Arsenal bought one player as cover,” said Martinez after the transfer window.
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