Belfast Telegraph

New Everton ace Keane can't wait to work under great Koeman

 

By Robert Jones

Michael Keane has completed his move to Everton in a deal which could rise to a club record-equalling £30million.

The 24-year-old Burnley defender has signed a five-year deal and becomes the club's fifth summer signing after Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez, whose move from Malaga was announced earlier yesterday.

Keane was delighted to have secured his move and the chance to work under Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, a stylish defender with Barcelona and Holland during his own distinguished playing career.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be at Everton, a fantastic football club with passionate fans and a great tradition and I can't wait to come into training tomorrow to meet all the lads.

"First and foremost, the manager was a big factor in me coming to the club.

"He played in my position when he was a world-class player for a great Barcelona side and a great Dutch side and the style of football he likes to play will suit me, I believe.

"He's convinced me that he can still improve me in certain areas of my game. I'm only 24 which, for a centre-half in the Premier League, is relatively young. I've still got a long way to go and I know this and hopefully under his guidance I'll keep improving.

"You always want to play for a manager who believes in you. I wanted to come somewhere I was wanted by the staff, players and fans as well. I feel like Everton is the perfect match."

"I've also got to say thanks to the chairman Bill Kenwright - he's been absolutely fantastic getting the deal through."

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph