Barcelona defender completes move to Everton

By Mirror: Wednesday, August 1st 2018 at 14:38 GMT +3 | Football
Lucas Digne poses after completing his move to the Toffees [Photo: Courtesy]

Everton have completed the signing of £22million French full-back Lucas Digne.

The 25-year-old arrives at Goodison Park on a five-year deal and says he is excited at the prospect of proving himself in the Premier League.

“Everton is a big club with a great history. I want to play games, win games and excite the fans with the quality of our football,” Digne told evertonty.

Digne has joined in a £22million move [Photo: Courtesy]

“I played good football in Rome and I played well, too, in Barcelona. I progressed a lot as a player and as a person by playing with the best players in the world.

“When you play with the best players it helps you build your character and, of course, it helps on the training ground and during games, too, because you want to give the best of you.

“I want to show my best football here and discover the best league in the world. Everybody loves the Premier League. I am loving the fact I am coming here.

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Digne arrives after two years with Barcelona [Photo: Courtesy]

“I am not afraid, I am excited. For me, it is a new challenge to discover a country, a league, people and a great club such as Everton. It is fabulous.”

Digne, who has 21 caps for his country, spent the last two years at Camp Nou after spells at Lille, Paris Saint-Germain and Roma.

But he was unable to usurp Spain's Jordi Alba at left-back for the Catalans, making just 46 appearances in his two years. Last season he made 12 appearances in La Liga as Ernesto Valverde's men won the Spanish title.

Digne becomes new manager Marco Silva's second summer signing, following the £50million acquisition of Brazilian winger Richarlison.

Marco Silva was impressed by Digne's desire to join the Merseysiders [Photo: Courtesy]

And the Portuguese coach says it was Digne's desire to move to Goodison which helped get the deal done.

“It is important to say that he is a player who, from the first moment he was contacted, showed enormous desire to play at Everton,” Silva said.

“He is a high-quality player, aggressive, with good technical ability and in the past five seasons he has played two years at Paris St-Germain, one in Roma and for the past two seasons he has demonstrated his clear quality in Barcelona.

“Lucas is a player who will add competitiveness in a position where we only had Leighton Baines last season and he is accustomed to winning. This is his mentality having captured titles in his career and having these on his résumé.”

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