Everton linked winger Cristian Rodriguez wants Atletico Madrid exit

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The wide-man is barely playing for the La Liga champions this season.

This week it was reported that Everton and Aston Villa had joined the race, along with QPR and Crystal Palace, for the signature of Cristian Rodriguez.

The report came from respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio on his official website. Everton and Villa are two teams who could use a boost in the transfer window, considering their poor position in the Premier League table.

This week quotes have emerged from the Atletico Madrid player about his future. He told Embajadores del Gol, as translated by Inside Spanish Football that he was looking to facilitate his sale this month:

“I’m calm and waiting a possible transfer...

"I haven’t been lucky enough to, at the very least, be named a starter for several months. That’s why I’m looking to leave. I’m negotiating my own transfer and this hasn’t just come about now. It’s been coming since I almost secured a deal to England following the World Cup.

“I’m happy with the club because I had a meeting with Gil Marin and I’m happy because he told me he was going to help me. I’m on good terms with Atletico. I’ve never been a problem and that’s why I have assurances that they won’t hinder my exit..."

Everton and Villa are both currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table and there is little doubt the 83 times capped Uruguay international would improve the teams.

the former PSG and Porto star has only played 63 minutes of La Liga football this season and last term he was also bit-part, featuring for just 328 minutes for Los Colchoneros.

He would be likely to get far more football at Everton or Aston Villa.

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