English Premier League side Everton FC continued the strengthening of their squad with the signing of Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen for €27m Euros from Eredivisie side Ajax Amsterdam on a five year contracts.
The 24-year-old Netherlands international is Everton’s second summer signing, following the arrival of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for a Club-record fee.
After making his debut for Ajax as an 18-year-old in 2011, Klaassen, a product of the Dutch club’’s famed academy, went on to score 49 goals in 163 first-team appearances, spending his final two seasons at the Amsterdam Arena as captain. He also helped the Dutch giants reach the final of the UEFA Europa League in Stockholm in May, where they lost to Manchester United.
Internationally, Klaassen has represented the Netherlands on 14 occasions since being handed his debut in a friendly against France in 2014, netting four goals.
“I’ve walked around the training ground and talked with a few people and it feels good,” Klaassen said.
“I spoke a few weeks ago with Ronald Koeman about Everton. I wanted to come here and check if this was the right club for me and since I came here I feel so happy. It’s a great club.”
“The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He’s an honest guy, we talked about the Club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.”
“I talked to him about the Club and everything we want to achieve and he was really positive. It’s difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now and I’m really looking forward to my time here.”
Meanwhile manager Koeman added, “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Davy to Everton.”
“He’s a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is.”
“He is hardworking, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals.”
“It is another major signing for Everton Football Club and I am really happy we have been able to complete the deal so early in the summer.”