Rondon speaks out over Everton future as transfer not ruled out

It is Salomon Rondon’s position that he has no intention of retiring from international football, and he has not ruled out returning to La Liga.

Last summer, on the eve of the transfer deadline, the Spaniard signed for the Blues. After two seasons in the Chinese Super League, the forward signed a two-year deal at Goodison Park.

This was the third time in the Venezuelan’s playing career that he has worked with Rafa Benitez. At Newcastle United and Dalian Professional, Rondon had previously worked with the Spaniard.

Since Frank Lampard took over from Rafa Benitez at the end of January, the forward has struggled to break into the starting lineup. In the recent FA Cup win over Boreham Wood, he scored twice.

The forward, who had been linked with a return to his former club Malaga before joining Everton, has refused to rule out such a move in the future.

“I have always said it. I do not rule out returning to La Liga, it is football that opened doors for me,” he told Spanish publication Marca.

“Appreciating everything they have done for me because it would be giving it back with good football, being a competitive player and wanting to continue growing and learning.

“I have a lot to give and hopefully in the future La Liga and I will cross paths again, although now I owe it to Everton.”

He wants to play for his country at the next World Cup in four years’ time because Venezuela cannot qualify for the World Cup in 2022.

He said: “I feel hungry and want to continue competing, to play everything. I feel that I continue to do things well and that is what has always been instilled in me since I was little.

“And I’m hungry for anything. As long as I’m hungry I’m going to continue competing. I still don’t see myself at that time. Injuries have respected me well. I always want to play as many games as possible with the national team.

“If I can get to a hundred I would be more than blessed. But I feel good and calm with what my career has been. I hope to continue being there and add minutes and goals.”