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Martinez excited as Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu signs up

By Staff Reporter

Everton have confirmed the signing of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu.

The 21-year-old has signed a three-year-contract - with the option of a further year - in a deal worth £4.2million.

Deulofeu impressed on loan at Goodison Park in the 2013-14 campaign but returned to his parent club and was subsequently loaned out again to Sevilla.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez moved quickly to make him his second signing of the summer after capturing out-of-contract Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.

"Gerard needs no introduction to anyone here at Everton, for we are all well aware of his incredible footballing talent," Martinez said.

"We got to know him really well from his loan period, not only as such a talented player but also his great character. He will be a fantastic asset to our club."

Martinez will hope to get more out of the player than managed by Sevilla coach Unai Emery, whose assessment was at best mixed.

"He has incredible qualities but lacks others. Put him out there, one on one and ... pfff," he told the Guardian last month.

"But make him play football with team-mates, on a big pitch, and it's hard. He doesn't have the maturity or capacity for sacrifice yet."

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