Yerry Mina and Jordan PIckford have gone from foes to friends in a matter of months.
Everton defender Yerry Mina has told the club’s official website that hopes to start a great relationship with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The Toffees swooped to land Mina in a big-money move from Barcelona over the summer, signing him on deadline day in August to bolster Marco Silva’s defensive options.
Injury has prevented Mina from making a big impact, but he made his first start in the 0-0 draw at Chelsea before the international break, winning the Man of the Match award.
Mina’s move came just months after leaving Palmeiras for Barcelona, but it was his World Cup campaign which really put the giant centre back in the spotlight.
Mina hit three goals in three World Cup games for Colombia despite being a defender, and broke England hearts – at least momentarily – with a last gasp header to take their last 16 clash to extra time.
The goalkeeper for England that night, and on most nights, is Everton stopper Pickford, meaning that having sent a header past him just months ago, the pair are now teammates.
Mina has now revealed that he brought up the situation on his first day at Everton with Pickford, noting that they are ‘together’ now and hopes to start a great relationship with a ‘really great goalkeeper’.
“He is someone who defends his goal with everything – like I do – and loves to play with his feet, which is my style of play as well,” said Mina. “On the very first day [I met him], I said to him, ‘We are here now, we are together’ – I hope that was the start of a great relationship.”
“This is a really great goalkeeper and England’s number one. I think together we can achieve success on the field of play. Jordan is a fantastic guy. He speaks with me at training every day and is always telling me things. The best thing is for us to work together and achieve success,” he added.
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