Real Madrid ‘upset’ by James Rodriguez after fine start to Everton career

James Rodriguez 's flying start to life in the Premier League with Everton has reportedly 'upset' his former club Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old, who joined the Merseyside outfit during the summer on a free transfer, has quickly made an impression in England's top flight having scored three goals in five matches.

Officials within the Spanish club are 'showing their disappointment' towards management regarding their handling of the player, according to Saturday's edition of AS.

Rodriguez, along with Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon and Dani Ceballos, are seen to have been 'discarded' by Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane when they should have been 'very useful' members of the squad.

Everton's fantastic form in the league, shaped heavily by the influence of Rodriguez, has shown Real that his abilities may be missed should they find themselves struggling this campaign.

The Colombian international only played eight times in La Liga last season before leaving to join Carlo Ancelotti 's side.

He became a household name during the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a series of eye-catching performances, being named on the shortlist for the Golden Ball award as a result.

Rodriguez also scooped FIFA's highly-coveted Puskas Award, with his iconic volley against Uruguay in the competition's first knockout round named as the best goal scored in world football that year.

Everton remain undefeated in the Premier League so far this campaign, having earned a 2-2 draw on Saturday against bitter rivals Liverpool.

Rodriguez found the head of Michael Keane for his side's opener in the 19th minute of the match, taking his tally of assists for the season up to three.

The Toffees will be looking to continue their stunning start next weekend as they travel to Southampton, but Ancelotti will be without winger Richarlison at his disposal after his sending-off during the closing stages of the Merseyside derby.

The Brazilian slammed into Thiago Alcantara with his studs showing and was promptly given his marching orders by referee Michael Oliver.

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