Everton finally announced the long-overdue signing of Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United a few minutes ago. The midfielder signed on for an initial fee of £20m that could go up to £24m with add-ons.
From the official press release, here are the comments from the midfielder, and from the Toffees manager Ronald Koeman.
Schneiderlin, 27, revealed that he wanted to move to “a club with big ambition and great expectations, to come in every day and work for something that you want to achieve because that’s what drives you forward” and insisted he is “hungry as ever and [ready] to eat football again”.
“Everton is a big club in the history of English football. I’ve always loved the atmosphere in the stadium. I’ve always liked playing here. I can’t wait to play and to represent this great Club.
“There is a manager in place here that I know, I know he can get the best out of me, I know his style and how he likes to play football. He was very good with me from the start and I enjoyed playing football under him.
“He was very good for me and, obviously, he was a massive player in his playing days and you can only learn from the best. At Southampton he gave me some great advice to keep improving every day and it was a pleasure to work with him.
“We spoke since the time I knew Everton would be interested. I know his ambition and why he came here. He believes in this project and I do, too. We are trying to achieve something here and this is what I am here for. I know the fans have big expectations and we’ll do everything to make them come true.
“When I spoke with the manager and the people in place at Everton I understood immediately that they have a very good project for the future of the Football Club. I just want to play football. I want to put my print on this Club and do everything to get Everton where it belongs.”
Koeman added that he has faith in the player’s quality and hunger, and that he embodies what he is looking for in his vision of the Blues.
“I’m very pleased because I know the player, I know the qualities of the player, I know him as a person and he’s really desperate to come to Everton - and that’s what we need.
“We want good players but we also want players who really want to show their qualities in front of the fans of Everton.
“He’s a strong character. I worked with him for one season at Southampton and he’s a midfield player who can play in different positions in the midfield. He’s also a fast player, he’s a clever player and he’s a personality. Normally, he’s part of the French national team and at 27 years old he’s part of the future at Everton.
“Morgan is really hungry to show his qualities and to play because that is the best thing for a football player. You are born as a football player to play games, not to sit on the bench or not be part of the team. But this is a new step, it’s a new future and he will show his qualities. I am convinced of that.”