Swansea's Ashley Williams celebrates scoring their first goal
Everton's new signing Ashley Williams has told the club's official website that he can't wait to work with an 'unbelievable' manager in Ronald Koeman.
The Toffees sold defender John Stones to Manchester City in a big-money deal earlier this week, and didn't waste any time snapping up his replacement.
On Wednesday afternoon, Everton confirmed the signing of defender Ashley Williams on a three-year contract, immediately solidifying an Everton defence that struggled massively last season.
Williams, who turns 32 later this month, had racked up more than 350 appearances for Swansea City following a 2008 switch from Stockport County, and starred in the Premier League for the Swans.
Known for his leadership as Swansea's captain, Williams was a dependable player who rarely missed a game for Swansea, but he's moving on for a new challenge under Ronald Koeman after eight years at the Liberty Stadium.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park
Koeman was a world-class defender during his playing days, and it's no wonder that a top defender such as Williams would want to work alongside the Dutchman – and the new Everton signing has spoke highly of Koeman.
In an interview with the club's official website, Williams admitted that he thinks Koeman is an 'unbelievable' manager, and is looking forward to learning from him having been such an impressive defender during his playing days.
Williams was also asked about the Goodison Park crowd, and admitted that it's a difficult place to play as a visiting player, and can't wait to experience it as a home player – which could arrive when Everton play Tottenham this weekend.
"Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager - a world legend in football - and I believe the Club is going in the right direction," said Williams. "This is something I wanted to be a part of. I look forward to seeing what the manager’s plans are for me and the team. He’s been one of the greatest centre-halves to ever play the game, so I look forward to learning from him and seeing what he can teach me."
"I really can’t wait to get out there at Goodison. I’ve always enjoyed playing on the Goodison pitch, so it will be nice to be an Everton player and experience what it’s all about when I’m part of the home team. This is always a noisy place with a crowd that gets behind the team. As an away player – I’ve scored at Goodison and in my career I haven’t scored many goals - it’s a difficult place to play," he added.
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