Everton have completed the signing of England centre-back Michael Keane from Burnley on a five-year contract.
Keane has joined for a fee that has the potential to rise to a club record-equalling £30 million and said that manager Ronald Koeman was the driving force behind his decision to move.
Talking to Sky Sports News HQ Keane said, “He used to play in my position. I have been fortunate enough that in the clubs I have played in the past, the manager has played in my position as well and I feel like he was a very classy centre-half so he can still teach me things.”
Keane said that he still aims to develop as a player and said that he appreciated how much the team wanted to sign him.
Keane, who graduated from the Manchester United academy, choose Everton over United and insists that Goodison Park is the best place for him to grow as a player.
He said that while he was extremely tempted to join Manchester United “you have got to take your heart out of it sometimes and think what’s best for you, and I feel as if this is the best place for me to come and continue my development”
Keane joined Burnley from Manchester United for £2 million in January 2015, four years after he signed a professional contract at Old Trafford.
Last season his impressive form saw him called into the England squad as a replacement for the injured Glen Johnson in October and he made his international debut in a 1 – 0 defeat to Germany in March.
Everton has also signed Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez in this transfer window and there is still a chance that they will sign more players before it closes.