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Envigado president Ruiz remains furious: How can Everton sign James for nothing?!

Envigado president Ramiro Ruiz remains furious over Everton's free transfer of James Rodriguez.

Everton sports chief Marcel Brands again declared this week that James was signed for nothing from Real Madrid - so cutting his former Colombian club out of any sell-on fee.

Ruiz told Marca: "I'm still surprised, all of us in Envigado are surprised because the statement by the Everton sporting director comes out, when James is among the one hundred most influential players of the last ten years, he is at number fourteen.'

"Is a player of that level free? Envigado has already made the request to FIFA and Everton. It is true that it is free in the transfer system, but we are infinitely surprised, because in addition, we knew and it is no secret that offers from Italian teams arrived, who were willing to pay for their arrival.

"James is above many who today have 40 and 50 million euros for their transfer."

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