Everton boss Ronald Koeman has lavished praise upon his Manchester City company Pep Guardiola ahead of the meeting between the two this weekend.
Koeman and Guardiola will not be meeting each for the first time. The duo share a friendship going back to the Barcelona days when Koeman was a first team regular while Guardiola was just starting to make a name for himself after having been promoted from the youth team.Koeman has revealed how then-manager Johan Cruyff made the Dutchman as the mentor and tutor for Guardiola. Koeman has now given many insights into how Guardiola seemed destined for greatness even from a young age.
Everton has not given up on the possibility of signing Swansea defender Ashley Williams.
It is believed that the Merseyside club will come back with another bid to tempt the player to make the switch to Goodison Park. Everton had a previous bid of £10m rejected last time, and they are now preparing an improved offer.
Swansea has repeatedly stated that their captain is not for sale and that he forms an integral part of their team for the new season. A Swansea’s representative said that Ashley Williams is a valuable member of the team, and it is for this reason that they have rejected the bid from Everton.
Everton have splashed out a significant portion of the £ 47 million that they received from the sale of John Stones on wingerYannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace.
Even though Crystal Palace have been struggling in the league ever since the return to the top division,Yannick Bolasie has been a bright light. The 27-year-old has had an air of unpredictability around him and opposition defenders have struggled to deal with him on a number of occasions. At 6 ft 1 inches in height,Bolasie also has the physical power to come up with headed goals now and then.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has submitted a bid of £25 million for Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson as the club continues with the wave of changes.
The club has made a lot of changes already both with the ranks of players and the background staff, especially in light of the poor result they had in the last campaign. They sacked the former coach Roberto Martinez, brought in a director of football for Leicester City for the first time and have been making lot of changes to the squad in a bid to restore their position in top flight football.
The Iceland player, who was impressive at the just concluded Euro 2016 tournament in France, is the latest major interest of Koeman and he wants to ensure the player joins in this summer. Koeman met with Steve Walsh, the new director of football to ratify the move for Sigurdsson before making the bid.
The new Everton manager Ronald Koeman has stated that he wants to take the team back into Europe.
The former Southampton manager believes that Everton should be playing regularly in Europe, and he will try to do everything he can in order to bring success back to his new club.
Everton have qualified for the Europa league only twice in the last six seasons and Ronald Koeman wants to change these statistics. He said that money is available in order to improve the team, and he will invest it wisely in order to build a team that can bring success in Europe.
He stated that his dream was to not only build a team that can play attractive football but also a team that can not only compete with the best in the Premier League but also in Europe. Everton finished 11th last season and failed to win a place in Europe.
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Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth claimed that the 3-0 win over relegated Norwich City was the perfect afternoon for Everton.
The club installed Unsworth as the man to lead the club for the final game of the campaign after parting company with Roberto Martinez a few days ago. Martinez was relieved from his duties after a defeat against Sunderland, who secured their safety in the division with this victory. Everton have been poor throughout the campaign and this would not have been the result fans would have been hoping when the club spent big in the summer.
Roberto Martinez claims that defender Phil Jagielka before the end of the campaign despite appearing to suffer a season threatening injury in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
The England international is regarded as one of the important members of the squad. It would be positive for Everton if he was to make an impression for England at the upcoming Euro 2016. Now that the season has little to offer for the club, Martinez was hoping that Jagielka would be available for England in the summer. He has dismissed fears that the defender may miss the Euro 2016 due to hamstring issues.
Roberto Martinez has classified the solitary point against Crystal Palace as perfect timing for his team.
The two teams could only manage a goalless draw at Selhurst Park. The result stretched Everton’s winless run in the league to 5 matches. The last time Everton won a game in the Premier League was back at the start of March when a 3-1 comfortable victory over struggling Aston Villa does not give good confidence to the squad. However, the club has showed improved performances in the last two matches.
Roberto Martinez is hopeful that defender John Stones will be able to climb out from his poor run and start to inspire the team in the rest of the campaign.
Stones was one of the talked about names in the summer after he was subjected to transfer interest from Chelsea. The Premier League champions were ready to play in excess of £ 30 million for the 21-year-old. This would have represented a massive profit on a £ 4 million investment for Everton, but they chose to retain him. This proved to be the right decision in the first half of the campaign whenStones was almost impenetrable.