Donny van de Beek has finally found a way out of Manchester United, joining Frank Lampard’s Everton on loan for the rest of the season in a final day transfer.
Talking to Everton websiteVan de Beek said: “Now I can say I’m an Everton player, I’m really happy and can’t wait to help the team.
“I think it’s a great club. There are really good players here and I’ve come because I want to help them get to the table.
“I hope to achieve my footballing qualities, my passing and, of course, goalscoring. It is a huge part of my game to score and provide assists and I will try to do that again.
“It’s not only offensive, you have to defend as a midfielder and I can do that too.”
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The midfielder was closely associated with a move away from Old Trafford throughout the January transfer window and highlighted why he chose Merseyside FC.
“I had a really positive meeting with the new coach,” Van de Beek explained. “We have the same ideas about football and he had a huge impact on my decision.”
“I played against him when I was at Ajax, and he was in Chelsea [as manager], so he knows me as a player. He thinks I have qualities that can help the team.
“I can learn a lot from him because he was in the same position a little bit – a midfielder who scored a lot of goals.
“He can help me a lot, so I think I’m in a good position. I want to improve with Everton. There are always things that could be better and I work hard every day to do that.”
The Dutch player can only make his debut with the Toffees when he faces Lampard and his teammates Newcastle United on Tuesday, February 8, due to a draw in the Cup FA cup clash with Brentford in a. Saturday.
“I want to show my qualities, my strengths, to the fans in England – especially the fans from Everton,” the Netherlands international continued.
“The most important thing is that we win matches and go up the table.
“We have good players in the team and we have the talent and the ability to go up in the league. But, for that we need to work hard and I want to be a part of this.
“Everton is a great club, with great players, a history and fantastic fans. The club has everything to rise to and be higher in the table.
“I played at Goodison twice last season without fans… It would be great to see the stadium full.
“It’s hard not being able to play on Saturday but I’ll be there to watch the game and focus on the next game.
“I’m in good health. I train a lot for myself and I’ve been training a lot with the team at United. I have a few days to train fully and I’m sure I’ll be there. [ready for Newcastle]. “