Video - Everton complete the signing of winger Yannick Bolasie
Yannick Bolasie says the ambition of Everton made him “want to be part of it” as he completed his move from Crystal Palace in a deal worth around £30m.
The 27-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Everton to June 2021 and is the highest profile signing made by Everton since Ronald Koeman's appointment as manager last month.
“I’m looking forward to putting on the Everton shirt,” Bolasie told the Everton website.
“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here. But now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge.
“It’s not about the money for me. It’s about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to. I just like to play football.
“I just like to play football and it’s going to be really interesting to learn from someone like Ronald Koeman, who was obviously a top centre-back as a player and he played with some of the best players in the world.
“The club has made good signings, players like Ashley Williams who I know well - and I know that I’ve joined a club that not only has lots of quality players but one that produces lots of quality players, like Ross Barkley, as well.
“This season is going to be very interesting and I’m looking forward to being part of it here at Everton.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman offered up these words for his new arrival.
“Yannick is a player who has been a long time on my radar because he’s the type of winger I like – fast, strong and he can play different positions in the forward line. He’s a really good signing for the club," said the Toffees boss.
“At 27, he’s a good age and he has experience in the Premier League. He will give strength to the team and I’m very pleased to have Yannick as part of what we are trying to build here at Everton.”