Jordan Pickford excited to link up with Ronald Koeman


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New Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford admits he cannot wait to work under manager Ronald Koeman after completing his move earlier this week.

The England Under-21 international is currently away at the U21 European Championships in Poland but Everton moved quickly to secure his signature.

The Toffees, 10.00 to finish in the top four, paid Sunderland £30milllion for his services on Thursday and he became the world’s third most expensive goalkeeper.

The 23-year-old insists he is just focused on England for now before he will then turn his attention to club duties.

Pickford will be hoping to help Everton improve on last season as they prepare to play in the Europa League and the former Black Cats stopper admits he is excited to link up with Koeman.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s just a number, isn’t it? It’s my job to be a goalkeeper and keep the ball out of the net and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve kept a clean sheet.

It’s just a number, it doesn’t affect me. “I’ve never spoken to him before. My agent did all the stuff. I’m just a lad who likes playing football. I’m not bothered about anything else.

“He [sent me a] text me wishing me good luck. I was a bit too young to see him as a player but I heard he was a free-kick specialist and that he still takes them.

“I’ve heard he’s a top manager and it will be good to learn under him at Everton. It’s been a big couple of days but I’ll focus on that when I get back.”

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