England's Jordan Pickford during training
Everton's new signing Jordan Pickford has told The Guardian that he isn't affected by the transfer fee paid to sign him – and admitted that manager Ronald Koeman has texted him.
The Toffees made their first signing of the summer transfer window last week by confirming the addition of goalkeeper Pickford, luring the 23-year-old to Goodison Park from Sunderland.
Pickford, who came up through the ranks with Sunderland, starred in the Premier League last season despite the Black Cats' relegation to the Championship, and he has earned an immediate return to the top flight.
Jordan Pickford applauds Sunderland fans
Widely expected to become Everton's first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles, Pickford has been touted for a huge future both for club and country, and he is currently away in Poland at the Under-21 European Championships with England.
On Friday, Pickford was the saviour for the Three Lions as he made a penalty save to earn a 0-0 draw against Sweden in England's opening game of the tournament – something Everton fans will have been encouraged by, given that he also kept a clean sheet.
Jordan Pickford celebrates
Now, Pickford has spoken about his move to Everton, telling The Guardian that he isn't going to be affected by the fee involved in the deal, despite the deal eventually reaching a club-record £30million (BBC Sport).
Pickford is adamant that he will continue to focus on football rather than the fee involved, noting that his agent sorted out the transfer as he simply wants to be on the pitch rather than dealing with matters off the pitch.
Pickford added that he received a text from his new manager Ronald Koeman before facing Sweden on Friday wishing him luck, and can't wait to learn under the Dutchman on Merseyside.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman
“It’s just a number isn’t it?” said Pickford when asked for his reaction to his transfer fee. “It’s my job to be a goalkeeper and keep the ball out of the net and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve kept a clean sheet. It’s just a number, it doesn’t affect me. My agent did all the stuff. I’m just a lad who likes playing football. I’m not bothered about anything else. I didn’t know too much about it until I came out here but got that done so I could focus on trying to win the Euros.”
“I’ve heard he’s a top manager and it will be good to learn under him at Everton. He texted me before the game wishing me good luck. I’m speaking to him tomorrow on the phone to get an early introduction. I was a bit too young to see him as a player but I heard he was a free-kick specialist and that he still takes them. It has been a big couple of days but I’ll focus on that when I get back,” he added.
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