Jordan Pickford says he would have been at Sunderland if Everton hadn’t signed him

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Oumar Niasse (L) Jordan Pickford and Idrissa Gueye during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on September 27, 2018 in Halewood, England.

Everton signed reported Chelsea summer transfer target Jordan Pickford from Sunderland in 2017.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jordan Pickford during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on September 27, 2018 in Halewood, England.

Reported Chelsea summer target Jordan Pickford has suggested to FourFourTwo that he would have stayed at Sunderland if he had not joined Everton.

Pickford moved to Everton from Sunderland in the summer of 2017 for a transfer fee stated on the Premier League club’s official website to be worth £25 million.

The 24-year-old is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and is playing well for the Toffees at the moment.

 

The former Sunderland star was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer transfer window, with The Express reporting of the London club’s interest in the England international.

Pickford has said that being linked with Chelsea did not affect him, and has admitted that he would have stayed at Sunderland had he not moved to Everton.

The Everton goalkeeper told FourFourTwo regarding the Chelsea speculation: "You've just got to keep performing and put that to the back of your mind.

“You just don't let it affect you - even if you see speculation. I just knuckle down and focus on my game, that's how I do it.

"I knew I had a contract with Everton and I didn't at any time think anything other. If I didn't come to Everton I think I would have been with Sunderland - that's my hometown club and if this wasn't here I probably would have been there still.”

Jordan Pickford of Everton during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on September 23, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Quality footballer

Pickford played well for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia in the summer, and there is no doubt that the Englishman is going to be a top player in the coming weeks.

Everton are a better team with the 24-year-old in, and it is great that the Merseyside outfit have just signed him on a new contract.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford speaks to the press during his press conference at USM Finch Farm on September 27, 2018 in Halewood, England.

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