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Bolasie: Koeman is the best

2016-08-20 10:49
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Cape Town - Yannick Bolasie says he's delighted to have signed for one of the best Premier League managers and one of the biggest clubs in the English top flight.

The Toffees finally landed their long-time transfer target when the 27-year-old signed a £25 million, five-year deal with the club on Monday.

The former Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City winger, who made 133 appearances for Crystal Palace in his four seasons at the London club, revealed he couldn't pass up the opportunity to join Everton.

The DR Congo international told the club's official website: "It's a big step for myself. It was a no-brainer to come to Everton because I knew about the players here and the quality that runs throughout the club with the training ground and supporters.

"I look at Ronald Koeman as a manager who is one of the best in the Premier League. You can see what he did at Southampton and you automatically think that he could do that for Everton as well. I do think Everton are one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League."

Bolasie added: "I'm settling in really quickly. It's a different system to Palace but once I get used to it I think I will hit the ground running, to be honest.

"I haven't really played that much in pre-season with Palace - I've been in and out - but I'm getting sharper and I feel good.

"Competition is part of football. The higher you go the more competition you are going to get. But that kind of stuff, I look forward to."

The wideman added that he is keen to link up with Romelu Lukaku, who he knows well.

He explained: "I know Rom from ages ago - he’s been wanting me to come here for ages but I’ve always told him that I was kind of settled where I was. Now I’ve taken the step and I’m looking forward to it.

Koeman, meanwhile, has spoken highly of his latest signing.

He added: "It’s an important transfer. We know about his qualities. He was on my list for a long time because he’s that type of forward who is physically strong, fast and has a very good mentality. His workrate is high, he will give us a good intensity and he’s one of the best wingers in the Premier League."

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