New Everton signing Arnaut Danjuma addresses awkward January snub
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 23
Arnaut Danjuma has joined Everton on a season-long loan (Picture: Getty Images)

very nearly signed for Everton in January and now he has joined the Toffees on a season-long loan this summer he has addressed the awkward snub earlier in the year.

The 26-year-old was expected to move to Goodison Park on loan in the January window, getting as close as taking photos for club media, but after was sacked as manager he pulled out of the switch from Villarreal.

Instead he joined for the rest of the season, scoring two goals in 12 appearances in all competitions.

At the time Danjuma said: ‘To be honest with you, as soon as Tottenham Hotspur came through, it was a no brainer. It is a massive club with a brilliant coach, brilliant staff and the facilities are obviously unbelievable. So, for me, I’m very, very excited to be part of the team.’

Now the Netherlands international has joined Everton from Villarreal he says he is delighted to be there and it was only the uncertainty over the managerial situation which put him off earlier in 2023.

‘It’s amazing to join and I’m really happy to be here. It’s been a long time coming to join such a massive club as Everton and it makes me proud,’ he said.

‘I had interest from other clubs but there was a pull towards Everton because of the fans, the manager and the history of the club and it’s second time lucky for me.

Danjuma had an underwhelming spell with Tottenham Hotspur (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I know I did not move to the club in January, that was because there was some uncertainty over the manager situation at that time, but I think it makes it even more beautiful for me to join now. I am very grateful to be at the club and I can’t wait to play in front of the fans as well.

‘I hope to bring a lot of goals and a lot of assists. The manager has clearly improved the team and there is a process ahead with him in charge that I am very excited to be a part of.

‘I am very eager to perform and very determined to contribute to the entire club. There’s no vein in my body that doubts my quality, and I’m very determined to now show that for the Evertonians.’

Sean Dyche is now in charge of the Toffees and is glad to add the winger to his squad, saying: ‘Arnaut is a welcome addition to our squad who has proven experience in the Premier League, La Liga, Champions League and as a Dutch international.

‘His attacking versatility strengthens our forward options and we look forward to him showing his qualities for Everton in the season ahead.’

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