Everton's summer signing Davy Klaassen has told The Mirror that he doesn't want to talk to Wayne Rooney about last season's Europa League final – and acknowledges that he must improve his performances.
The Toffees are in Europa League action this evening as they take on Atalanta in their first game of the group stage, and the have one player who featured in last year's Europa League final.
Midfielder Davy Klaassen was a key part of the Ajax side which took on Manchester United in the final, only to lose 2-0 in Malmo.
Klaassen hit two goals and one assist in 13 Europa League appearances last season, and will be hoping to play a key part in Everton's campaign having made a slow start to life at Goodison Park.
The Dutch international ended last term with 14 goals and nine assists in the Eredivisie, and Everton fans expected him to be a source of goals and creativity from midfield after Ronald Koeman snapped him up this summer.
However, Klaassen has yet to register a goal or an assist in the Premier League, with some fans a little disappointed with his lack of impact so far this term.
Now, Klaassen has told The Mirror that he knows he must improve as he adjusts to the different speed of English football compared to the Dutch game, though he does like his team-mates.
Klaassen also noted that he doesn't want to talk to Everton team-mate Wayne Rooney about last season's Europa League final as he still feels the pain from the defeat to Manchester United, when Rooney was a part of the Red Devils side.
“I don’t want to talk about the final with Wayne at all. I still feel the pain. It was not good,” said Klaassen. “True I came so close to winning it last season, but I don’t need to lose in a final to be hungry for this campaign. We want to reach as far as possible. We all start at zero. We have to start with a win, get confidence and space.”
“It is different speed, different intentions. That is what I wanted. I wanted something else, and it is something bigger. Our last result was not good, but we try to pick it up tomorrow. Playing in Europe helps every player. We face different cultures of playing in. The results have not been good but I like the life and the club and my team mates. I am enjoying it. I need to improve, everyone needs to improve and we will be there,” he added.