Digne delighted to finally join a big club

Everton confirm signing of Lucas Digne from Barcelona for £18m

Everton formally announce the signing of Barcelona defender Lucas Digne on a five-year deal.

Digne, 25, has previously played for PSG and Roma and wants to help bring attractive football back to Everton.

After Gerard Deulofeu completed his move to Watford, it's now Lucas Digne who has joined Everton.

But he was unable to usurp Spain's Jordi Alba at left-back for the Catalans, making just 46 appearances in his two years. "I want to play games, win games and excite the fans with the quality of our football", Digne said. Everybody loves the Premier League.

"I want to show my best football here and discover the best league in the world".

And he sald: "It's a little bit daunting, this being my first loan move, but I'm excited and looking forward to seeing what it brings".

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In addition to this, he has 21 appearances for the French national team and was a part of both their 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euros squads; as well as being in the standby team for the 2018 World Cup.

The Wales worldwide played regularly throughout pre-season, with Jurgen Klopp stressing after Saturday's 4-1 friendly win over Man United that he is "100 percent back".

"In my previous clubs, Roma and Barcelona, I progressed as a player and a person when surrounded by the best".

The summer transfer window shuts for Premier League clubs on Thursday 9 August with the new top-flight season starting a day later.

Marco Silva, Everton's boss has lauded Digne's desire to join his club.

The deal to sign Digne is over £20 million, with Everton finally getting their replacement for the aging Leighton Baines, who has suffered with injuries recently. "This is his mentality having captured titles in his career and having these on his résumé".

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