Premier League outfit Everton has signed Burnley defender Michael Keane on a five-year deal with reported fee of £25million for the England defender.
The Burnley defender was linked with a return to Old Trafford but the Toffees have moved quickly to secure his service. The 24-year-old completed his medical on Monday morning and has been revealed as an Everton player now.
Keane had an incredible season with Burnley a year ago and has earned this progression up. Koeman has been exceptionally dynamic in the transfer market ahead of the new season and the Dutchman has officially sealed big money moves for Klaassen and Pickford.
Everton will want to meet all requirements to make European football next season and signing any semblance of Keane would positively help their course. Everton has secured one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Keane seemed delighted to have completed the move to Goodison Park. The young defender 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. I watched a lot of Everton last season and I believe I really suit how the team likes to play. I feel like this is a great place to come and continue my development as a player. 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. I also spoke with Steve Walsh, who I knew from my time at Leicester four or five years ago, and they really convinced me that this was the place to come and that Everton is the perfect club for me.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman added:
Michael was high among the players we wanted to bring to Everton this summer and I’m delighted he is here at the Club. We knew there would be competition from other clubs but Michael believes in the ambition of Everton and what we want to do and this is the perfect moment for him to come. I believe there is much more to come from Michael and that’s what makes his signing really exciting for me – we will see his development as a player along with the progression overall within the Club. It’s another really positive sign of the direction the Club is moving in. He’s 24 years old, his best years are to come, he’s an England international, too, and I couldn’t be more pleased that he’s now a Blue.
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