I can’t wait to play- Schneiderlin delight after sealing reunion with boss Koeman
The France international midfielder completed his move to Everton on Thursday afternoon, in a £24m deal that many see as a step back in his career.
Morgan Schneiderlin has insisted he hasn’t downsized his ambition, despite downsizing clubs.
The France international midfielder completed his move to Everton on Thursday afternoon, in a £24million deal that many see as a step back in his career.
But despite leaving the glamour and expectation of Manchester United behind, the 27 year old is adamant that he has arrived at Goodison intent on helping his new club achieve their stated goal of joining the Premier League elite.
“I want to put my print on this Club and do everything to get Everton where it belongs,” he said with emphasis.
“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.
“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.”
Schneiderlin fell out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, playing just a handful of league games this season, despite being a regular under previous boss Louis van Gaal.
He was banished into the wilderness at United, apparently unable to win the confidence of the manager, but he will have no such problems at Everton, after working – and enjoying a close relationship – with boss Ronald Koeman before. And the midfielder explained it was the ambition of the Dutchman that persuaded him to take a step back to try and move forwards. I know his ambition and why he came here. He believes in this project and I do, too,” he added.
“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.
“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 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.”
Koeman insisted he had no problems in persuading Schneiderlin to come to Goodison, even though he is an established international and has tasted the high life at United.
“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,” the manager said.
“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 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.”
The former Saints star has signed a four and a half year deal with the Blues worth around £100,000 a week, in a deal that will initially cost £20m and rise to £24m on appearances.
Everton meanwhile, have confirmed that England midfielder Tom Cleverley has joined Watford on loan until the end of the season.
The midfielder will return to Vicarage Road after spending a spell on loan with them back in 2009/10, when he was a Manchester United player.
Watford have an option to buy the 27 year old at the end of the season, for a fee of around £10m.