Michael Keane explains decision to join Everton after completing summer transfer

Posted July 04, 2017

Everton signed Burnley defender Michael Keane on Monday for a fee that could rise to a club-record equaling 30 million pounds ($38.8 million). There'll be a lot more focus on the defender at Goodison Park than there was in Lancashire, especially given the significant fee paid to take him away from Turf Moor.

Keane said "I'm absolutely delighted to be at Everton, a fantastic football club with passionate fans and a great tradition.

He's 24 years old, his best years are to come, he's an England global, too, and I couldn't be more pleased that he's now a Blue", he added.

The 24-year-old, who has penned a five-year contract, is Everton's fifth signing of a close season which has seen the club's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman invest heavily in improving the side.

The ex-Manchester United ace added: "He's convinced me that he can still improve me in certain areas of my game". The England worldwide was also aware that he would likely have been given less first team opportunities at Old Trafford, and has now chose to move to Everton.

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"First and foremost, the manager was a big factor in me coming to the club".

Keane was one of the outstanding defenders in the Premier League this past season and his performances have led to him being included in the England setup. I'm only 24 which, for a centre-half in the Premier League, is relatively young.

As a reward for his fine form, Keane was called up to the senior England squad in October for two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, and he earned his first cap in a friendly against Germany on March 22.

Keane looks set to become Everton's fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, Davy Klaassen from Ajax and Henry Onyekuru from Eupen.