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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Michael Keane reveals why he chose to move to Everton over Manchester United and Liverpool

Michael Keane joined Everton in a £30million deal on Monday. @Everton / Twitter
Michael Keane joined Everton in a £30million deal on Monday. @Everton / Twitter Newsdesk Newsdesk

Michael Keane has revealed Ronald Koeman was the main deciding factor in why he chose Everton over Manchester United and Liverpool.

The north west duo were linked with a move for the former Burnley defender with United particularly keen before opting instead for Benfica's Victor Lindelof.

The England international went on to complete a £30million move to Goodison Park on Monday evening and says the opportunity to work with Koeman was too good to turn down.

"First and foremost, the manager was a big factor in me coming to the club," he told the Toffees' official website. "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."

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